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 2019, extracted February 2020. 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              6,726,189

                                       0-5 Years                530,169

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                106,678
                                       2-3 Years                184,256
                                       4-5 Years                263,363
                                       6-12 Years              2,963,924
                                       13-17 Years            3,335,146


ADHD Drugs                 0-17 Years              3,396,066

                                       0-5 Years                68,588

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                338
                                       2-3 Years                1,519
                                       4-5 Years                67,261
                                       6-12 Years              1,927,563
                                       13-17 Years            1,471,894


Antidepressants            0-17 Years              2,148,971

                                       0-5 Years                33,043

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                7,821
                                       2-3 Years                11,174
                                       4-5 Years                18,837
                                       6-12 Years              560,477
                                       13-17 Years            1,581,361


Antipsychotics               0-17 Years              1,022,918

                                       0-5 Years                61,262

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                2,237
                                       2-3 Years                20,325
                                       4-5 Years                39,789
                                       6-12 Years              392,211
                                       13-17 Years            575,004


Anti-anxiety Drugs         0-17 Years              1,303,095

                                       0-5 Years                305,792

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                80,290
                                       2-3 Years                120,236
                                       4-5 Years                114,618
                                       6-12 Years              415,507
                                       13-17 Years            589,349


Mood Stabilizers            0-17 Years              877,083

                                       0-5 Years                109,908

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                23,075
                                       2-3 Years                41,852
                                       4-5 Years                53,517
                                       6-12 Years              317,619
                                       13-17 Years            464,326


Newer Generation         0-17 Years              756,652
Psychotherapeutics*  
                                       0-5 Years                14,717

          Age Breakdown:
                                       0-1 Years                58
                                       2-3 Years                535
                                       4-5 Years                14,279
                                       6-12 Years              450,911
                                       13-17 Years            303,168

*Includes drugs such as Strattera, Kapvay and Intuniv.


SOURCE: IQVia Total Patient Tracker (TPT) Database, Year 2019, Extracted February 2020.

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