US Population Is Actively Taking Drugs Causing Depression
ILLINOIS — June 14, 2018
The handling of the phenomenon of mental illness is an age-old problem for humanity. New study results were published in the American Medical Association (JAMA) journal from the University of Illinois. This list includes more than 200 drugs for birth control, heartburn, allergies, pain and high blood pressure.
"Importantly, many of the medications associated with depression as a potential side effect include commonly used prescription drugs - some of which are also available over-the-counter without a prescription," said lead study author Dima Qato, a pharmacy researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The study covered 26 thousand people; the overall estimated prevalence of use of medications with depression as an adverse effect was 37.2 percent, increasing from 35 percent.
"The estimated prevalence of depression was 15 percent for those reporting use of 3 or more medications with depression as an adverse effect vs. 4.7 percent for those not using such medications (difference, 10.7 percent [95% CI, 7.2%-14.1%])," says an official statement.
During the study, the proportion of adults taking at least one prescription with suicidal symptoms as a potential side effect also increased, from about 17 percent in the beginning to almost 24 percent by the end.
"If you take these drugs you have more 15 percent chance to developing a mental disorder," says one of the leading specialists of the research Department of the University Dr. Narula.
Scientists don't clear how these medicines cause depression.
"It was previously thought that a `predisposition’ i.e. a history of mood disorders would make a person susceptible for experiencing a depression side effects," stresses Dr. Angela Spelsberg, medical director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Aachen in Germany.
Beyond that addiction to dangerous drugs, the study showed that the demand for these drugs has increased significantly over the past 9 years. However, the research also brought an increase in the number of Americans suffering from depression. Of course, it doesn’t mean that there is a direct relationship, but scientists do not deny its presence.