Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S.

psychiatry-and-your-childs-futureThe following information is the most accurate and documented data available on psychiatric drug usage in the United States. The information is from IMS Health, a company that provides information, services and technology for the healthcare industry. It is the largest vendor of U.S. physician prescribing data. The following data was taken from IMS Health Vector One National database Year 2013, Extracted April 2014. To see drug regulatory agency warnings (286) , studies (278) and documented side effects of the psychiatric drugs prescribed to children, click hyperlinks below in blue (i.e., ADHD Drugs, Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, etc).

Drug Class:            Age Group:          Number of
                                                                   People:

All Psychiatric       0-5 Years               1,080,168
Drugs

Breakdown:
0-1 Years                274,804
2-3 Years                370,778
4-5 Years                500,948

6-12 Years             4,130,340
13-17 Years           3,617,593

Grand Total           0-17 Years               8,389,034 kids on psychiatric drugs


ADHD Drugs          0-5 Years                188,899

Breakdown:
0-1 Years                1,422
2-3 Years                10,413
4-5 Years                181,023

6-12 Years             2,723,126
13-17 Years           1,775,896

Grand Total           0-17 Years               4,404,360 kids on ADHD Drugs


Antidepressants  0-5 Years                 110,516

Breakdown:
0-1 Years               26,406
2-3 Years               46,102
4-5 Years               45,822

6-12 Years            686,950
13-17 Years          1,444,422

Grand Total          0-17 Years               2,165,279 kids on antidepressants


Antipsychotics     0-5 Years                 27,343

Breakdown:
0-1 Years                654
2-3 Years                3,760
4-5 Years                24,363

6-12 Years             359,882
13-17 Years           490,272

Grand Total           0-17 Years               830,836 kids on antipsychotics


Anti-anxiety           0-5 Years                   727,304

Breakdown:
0-1 Years                  227,132
2-3 Years                  282,759
4-5 Years                  247,754

6-12 Years               790,149
3-17 Years             650,273

Grand Total             0-17 Years               2,132,625 kids on anti-anxiety drugs


SOURCE: IMS, Vector One: National (VONA) and Total Patient Tracker (TPT) Database, Year 2013, Extracted April 2014.

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