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Do antidepressants work better than placebo?

July 18, 2019

In 2017, around 17.3 million adults in the United States experienced an episode of major depression.

Alongside talking therapies such as psychotherapy, many people with depression take antidepressants.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 2011–2014 survey found that 12.7% of U.S. individuals aged 12 or above had taken antidepressant medication in the previous month.

That equates to almost 1 in 8 people.

Of these individuals, one-quarter had been taking antidepressants for at least 10 years.

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