More than 13 percent of Americans took antidepressants ‘in the past 30 days’ between 2015-2018


A total of 13.2 percent of Americans 18 and older took antidepressant medication in the past 30 days during 2015–2018, according to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Antidepressant use was higher among women than men for all age groups, with the use of the drugs increasing with age.

Overall, 17.7 percent of women and 8.4 percent of men used antidepressants in the past 30 days. The highest use was among women 60 and older at 24.3 percent.

Antidepressant usage increased from 10.6 percent between 2009–2010 to 13.8 percent by 2018. Use among women increased from 13.8 percent to 18.6 percent, but men only increased by 1.6 percent.

Antidepressant use was higher among men who had some level of college education, but among women, usage didn’t differ by level of education.

When broken down by race, antidepressant use was higher among women than men for all groups except non-Hispanic Asian adults, where the difference was negligible.

Non-Hispanic white women and men had the highest use of the drugs at 22.3 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively.

Overall, non-Hispanic white adults had the highest usage rates at 16.6 percent, followed by non-Hispanic Blacks, 7.8 percent, Hispanic, 6.5 percent, and non-Hispanic Asian, 2.8 percent.