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Psychotropic Medication Use among : United States, 2005–2010

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Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

  • Approximately 6.0% of U.S. adolescents aged 12–19 reported use in the past month.
  • The use of antidepressants (3.2%) and attention deficit hyperactive disorder () drugs (3.2%) was highest, followed by antipsychotics (1.0%); , sedatives, and (0.5%); and (0.2%).
  • Males (4.2%) were more likely than females (2.2%) to use ADHD drugs. Females (4.5%) were more likely than males (2.0%) to use .
  • drug use was higher among non-Hispanic white (8.2%) adolescents than non-Hispanic black (3.1%) and Mexican-American (2.9%) adolescents.
  • About one-half of U.S. adolescents using psychotropic drugs in the past month had seen a mental health professional in the past year (53.3%).

Prior studies have shown an increase in psychotropic use among adolescents (1–6). However, most studies were based on clinical samples or high-risk populations. This report provides the estimate of any psychotropic use in the past month among U.S. noninstitutionalized adolescents aged 12–19 during 2005–2010, using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. Psychotropic is a type of drug used to treat clinical psychiatric symptoms or mental disorders (7). Specific psychotropic drug types addressed are antidepressants; medications for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD); anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics (ASH); antimanics; and antipsychotics. Adolescents using psychotropic drugs are further examined by sex, race and Hispanic origin, and mental health professional consultation.

Jonas BS, Gu Q, Albertorio-Diaz JR. use among adolescents: United States, 2005–2010. NCHS data brief, no 135. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db135.htm#x2013;2010</a>

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