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

The following information is the most accurate and documented data available on psychiatric drug usage in the United States. The information is from IQVia (formerly 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 the IQVia Total Patient Tracker Database for Year 2020, extracted January 2021. To see drug regulatory agency warnings, studies and documented side effects of the psychiatric drugs prescribed to children, click hyperlinks below in blue (i.e., ADHD Drugs, Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, etc).

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Drug Class:                    Age Group:           Number of People:

All Psychiatric Drugs     0-17 Years              6,155,852

                                       0-5 Years                418,425

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                85,003
                                       2-3 Years                138,822
                                       4-5 Years                215,120
                                       6-12 Years              2,652,554
                                       13-17 Years            3,188,966


ADHD Drugs                 0-17 Years              3,155,441

                                       0-5 Years                58,091

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                310
                                       2-3 Years                1,300
                                       4-5 Years                57,010
                                       6-12 Years              1,750,481
                                       13-17 Years            1,409,438


Antidepressants            0-17 Years              2,154,118

                                       0-5 Years                35,216

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                7,811
                                       2-3 Years                12,137
                                       4-5 Years                18,911
                                       6-12 Years              543,120
                                       13-17 Years            1,605,375


Antipsychotics               0-17 Years              829,372

                                       0-5 Years                30,632

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                1,318
                                       2-3 Years                7,873
                                       4-5 Years                22,180
                                       6-12 Years              304,754
                                       13-17 Years            502,372


Anti-anxiety Drugs         0-17 Years              1,153,351

                                       0-5 Years                233,125

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                60,068
                                       2-3 Years                89,453
                                       4-5 Years                90,716
                                       6-12 Years              357,976
                                       13-17 Years            571,210


Mood Stabilizers            0-17 Years              794,715

                                       0-5 Years                100,233

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                21,593
                                       2-3 Years                36,986
                                       4-5 Years                50,206
                                       6-12 Years              289,262
                                       13-17 Years            419,221


SOURCE: IQVia Total Patient Tracker (TPT) Database, Year 2020, Extracted January 2021.

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