Percentage of U.S. college students using psychotropic medications in 2018 to 2019

During the 2018 to 2019 school year, 16 percent of university and college students in the U.S. reported that in the past year they had been using antidepressant medications regularly. This statistic shows the percentage of postsecondary students using psychotropic medications in the United States in 2018 to 2019.

Percentage of college students using psychotropic medications in the United States in 2018 to 2019*

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Source

Release date

2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018 to 2019

Number of respondents

62,171 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

College students from 79 schools

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Original question: "In the past 12 months have you taken any of the following types of medications? Please count only those you took, or are taking, several times per week. (Select all that apply)"

Psychostimulants (e.g., methylphenidate (Ritalin, or Concerta), amphetamine salts (Adderall), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), etc.)

Anti-depressants (e.g., fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), escitalopram (Lexapro), venlafaxine (Effexor), buproprion (Wellbutrin), etc.)

Anti-psychotics (e.g., haloperidol (Haldol), clozapine (Clozaril), risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa), etc.)

Anti-anxiety medications (e.g., lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin), alprazolam (Xanax), buspirone (BuSpar), etc.)

Mood stabilizers (e.g., lithium, valproate (Depakote), lamotrigine (Lamictal), carbamazapine (Tegretol), etc.)

Sleep medications (e.g., zolpidem (Ambien), zaleplon (Sonata), etc.)

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