Antidepressant Use Surging in Young People

 Antidepressant prescriptions for tweens, teenagers, and young adults have been on the rise since 2016, rising 66% through 2022,,,

 according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics.

  According to Pharma News Intelligence, the researchers discovered that monthly dispensing rates increased from 2,575.9,,,

 in January 2016 to 4,284.8 by December 2022 after analyzing data from the IQVIA Longitudinal Prescription Database.

  Remarkably, rates increased during the pandemic, especially for females.

 Two elements NPR reports that increased access to care through distant options like telehealth may have affected prescription rates,,,

 in addition to increasing rates of anxiety and sadness.

  Long therapeutic waitlists may also have contributed to an increase in the use of prescription drugs.

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