From Rosie Mysenberg (SSRI stories):
1) Across the country, the media are publishing an article concerning statistics on antidepressant use among youth in 2003 and 2004. They report a decrease in antidepressant use among youth and an increase in suicides. However, the report which came out from the American Psychiatric Association in 2004 reported an increase of 8% in antidepressant use among 19's and under. This statistic was for the first six months of 2004. [Note: the Black Box Warnings were not approved until September 2004]
2) Paragraph 11 reads: "In 2003, U.S. physicians wrote 15 million antidepressant prescriptions for patients under age 18, according to FDA data. In the first six months of 2004, antidepressant prescriptions for children increased by almost 8 percent, despite the new drug labeling." [Again, the Black Box Warnings were not approved until September 2004]
3) This is data from Medco Health Solutions, which manages pharmacy benefit programs. on 2005-2006. Notice the numbers.
List of growth in prescription drug claims for 2001-2006 in girls and boys aged 10-19:
IT SHOWS ANTIDEPRESSANT RATES SINCE 2006 HAVE BEEN RISING NOT FALLING!
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs. Up nearly 74% for girls and 37% for boys
- Antidepressants. Up more than 9% in girls and less than 1% in boys
- Antipsychotics. Up more than 117% in girls and almost 71% in boys
- Sleep aids. Up more than 80% in girls and about 64% in boys