So many Americans are suffering from depression?

WASHINGTON: The United States is a world leader in rates of antidepressant use, but as many as two-thirds of Americans with severe depression are not on medication, said a government study released Wednesday. Eleven per cent of Americans age 12 and older are taking antidepressant medication , a slight uptick over a 2009 survey that showed 10.1 per cent, according to the latest data from the National Centre for Health Statistics. However, just one-third of people with "severe depressive symptoms take antidepressant medication ," said the survey, which described rates of antidepressant use by age, race, income, sex, severity and treatment time. "Large numbers of Americans are not receiving antidepressants for their clinical depression," said Mark Olfson, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, in an interview with AFP. "There is evidence of a mismatch betwee...

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