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 2017, extracted April 2018. 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).

Drug Class:            Age Group:          Number of People:

All Psychiatric       0-5 Years               622,723
Drugs

Breakdown:
0-1 Years                125,361
2-3 Years                202,319
4-5 Years                306,079

6-12 Years             3,259,955
13-17 Years           3,419,633

Grand Total           0-17 Years               7,213,599 kids on psychiatric drugs


ADHD Drugs          0-5 Years                80,235

Breakdown:
0-1 Years                328
2-3 Years                1,919
4-5 Years                77,396

6-12 Years             2,119,343
13-17 Years           1,524,381

Grand Total           0-17 Years               3,655,472 kids on ADHD Drugs


Antidepressants  0-5 Years                 38,534

Breakdown:
0-1 Years               6,687
2-3 Years               10,957
4-5 Years               21,299

6-12 Years            574,090
13-17 Years          1,503,185

Grand Total          0-17 Years               2,100,315 kids on antidepressants


Antipsychotics     0-5 Years                 85,143

Breakdown:
0-1 Years                3,913
2-3 Years                27,001
4-5 Years                53,750

6-12 Years             467,500
13-17 Years           646,215

Grand Total           0-17 Years               1,194,805 kids on antipsychotics


Anti-anxiety           0-5 Years                   389,558

Breakdown:
0-1 Years                  102,960
2-3 Years                  148,894
4-5 Years                  143,692

6-12 Years               484,612
3-17 Years               577,259

Grand Total             0-17 Years               1,445,509 kids on anti-anxiety drugs


SOURCE: IQVia, Total Patient Tracker (TPT) Database, Year 2017, Extracted April 2018.

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