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Antidepressant Use Is Up

A new report from the federal government shows that prescriptions for antidepressant medications rose from 154 million scripts in 2002 to 170 million in 2005.

The written prescriptions were filed after patients talked with physicians in-person or over the phone and did not include refills.

The analysis, by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality discovered psychiatrists prescribed 29 percent of the medications followed by general practitioners who issued 23 percent of the medicines.

Family practitioners also prescribed 21 percent of the antidepressants while internal medicine specialists wrote 10 percent of the orders.

The prescription pattern demonstrates the growing role of primary care physicians in the management of depression.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Antidepressant Use Is Up

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Antidepressant Use Is Up. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2019, from
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