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Psychotropic Medication Use among Adolescents: 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 (1.0%); , , 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 antidepressants.
  • Psychotropic 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 use among adolescents (1–6). However, most studies were based on clinical samples or high-risk populations. This report provides the estimate of any use in the past month among U.S. aged 12–19 during 2005–2010, using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. 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. Psychotropic medication use among adolescents: , 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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