The US government spends much on ways to treat depression, as reported by Reuters. However, certain antidepressants have been indicted for causing adverse effects such as Zoloft birth defects.

Legal observers says “the increase in spending is believed to be caused mainly by the prolific increase in prescriptions written for antidepressants like Zoloft.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “mental health spending per patient rose from $2,802 t0 $3,610 during the time period studied, with antidepressant use rising from 81 to 87 percent and antipsychotic drug prescriptions skyrocketing from 26 percent to 42 percent of patients.”

In addition, over the past 15 years, a high escalation of antidepressant use was shown in a study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It also reflected a 400 percent increase in usage among adults 18-44 years of age, according to the website Psychiatric Times.

References:
• depression.about.com/od/sertraline/a/Zoloft-Side-Effects.htm
• drugs.com/zoloft.html