Over Prescribing America

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Justin Fenton Fenton 1
Professor Brennan
GAH 2116-001
05 March 2014
Over Prescribing America “A recent archive from the General Psychiatry Paper in 2005 established data that found about 10 percent of the American population took an antidepressant” (Wang, Shirley). A report from the CDC shows a 400 percent increase in the use of antidepressants over a 10-year study (Jaslow, Ryan). Is 10% of the country really that depressed? What changes could have occurred in society that would make such a staggering number of people depressed in just a few short years? The only way to explain this increase is that people are being overmedicated. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors, motivated by profit, push antidepressants as the answer to sadness. Treatments such as therapy, exercise and counseling should be suggested to patients suffering depression, but unfortunately in todays world writing a prescription is financially smarter, faster and easier for physicians. In recent years, the number of children in the U.S. being treated with prescription medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has grown dramatically. One in every ten U.S. children has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is up twenty-two percent in the past ten years (Wang). This growing statistic has parents and some doctors worried that children are taking ADHD medication unnecessarily. One reason for the over diagnosis of ADHD is that it is often diagnosed without the proper background history and Fenton 2 examination needed for an accurate assessment. This would involve talking to parents, the child and teachers, as well as reviewing school records and other testing. “The author of the U.S. study estimates that this mistake could account for 20% of the current ADHD diagnoses in the U.S., or about 900,000 children, by his count” (Newmark,…...

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