Antidepressant use among teenagers in the U.S. from 2015-2019, by gender

Based on pharmacy claims of those who filled at least one prescription for mental health medication in 2019, nearly twice as many teenage girls take antidepressants compared to teenage boys. This statistic shows the percentage of teenagers (excluding those on government-sponsored benefits) who filled a prescription for antidepressants in the U.S. from 2015 to 2019, by gender.

Percentage of teenagers in the United States taking antidepressants from 2015 to 2019, by gender*

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Age group

13-19 years

Supplementary notes

* Data is based on de-identified pharmacy claims of more than 3.4 million individuals who filled at least one prescription for management of depression, anxiety or insomnia in 2019. Beneficiaries of a government-sponsored benefit, such as Medicare, Medicaid or public health insurance exchange, were excluded.

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