Total Number of People Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the United States

psychiatricdrugsThe following information is the most accurate and documented data available on psychiatric drug usage. 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 2019, extracted February 2020. To find out about the hundreds of drug regulatory agency warnings and documented side effects for any class of psychiatric drug listed on this page (i.e., ADHD Drugs, Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, etc.) click the hyperlinks listed below:

Drug Class:                    Age Group:           Number of People:

All Psychiatric Drugs     All Ages                 78,195,307

                                       0-5 Years                530,169

                                       0-17 Years              6,726,189

          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
                                      18-24 Years             5,574,231
                                       25-44 Years            20,864,685
                                       45-64 Years            26,429,541
                                       65 Years +             19,077,803


ADHD Drugs                 All Ages                 9,641,899

                                       0-5 Years                68,588

                                       0-17 Years              3,396,066

          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
                                      18-24 Years             1,180,769
                                       25-44 Years            3,186,430
                                       45-64 Years            1,597,710
                                       65 Years +              330,883


Antidepressants            All Ages                 44,225,837

                                       0-5 Years                33,043

                                       0-17 Years              2,148,971

          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
                                      18-24 Years             3,412,994
                                       25-44 Years            12,592,941
                                       45-64 Years            15,906,501
                                       65 Years +              10,469,486


Antipsychotics               All Ages                 11,636,948

                                       0-5 Years                61,262

                                       0-17 Years              1,022,918

          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
                                      18-24 Years             1,113,056
                                       25-44 Years            3,539,405
                                       45-64 Years            3,806,226
                                       65 Years +              2,187,675


Anti-anxiety Drugs         All Ages                 32,122,466

                                       0-5 Years                305,792

                                       0-17 Years              1,303,095

          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
                                      18-24 Years             1,574,508
                                       25-44 Years            8,491,326
                                       45-64 Years            12,086,070
                                       65 Years +              8,692,350


Mood Stabilizers            All Ages                 24,423,285

                                       0-5 Years                109,908

                                       0-17 Years              877,083

          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
                                      18-24 Years             1,055,909
                                       25-44 Years            5,806,245
                                       45-64 Years            9,642,154
                                       65 Years +              7,189,720


Newer Generation         All Ages                 1,168,251
Psychotherapeutics*  
                                       0-5 Years                14,717

                                       0-17 Years              756,652

          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
                                      18-24 Years             131,476
                                       25-44 Years            185,790
                                       45-64 Years            87,062
                                       65 Years +              14,328

*Includes drugs such as Strattera, Kapvay and Intuniv.


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