Adolescents in the U.S. that have used psychotropic drugs by type 2005-2010

This statistic depicts the percentage of adolescents in the United States, between the ages of 12 and 19, who have taken psychotropic medication in the past month between 2005 and 2010, by type. Of those surveyed, 3.2 percent of adolescents reported taking antidepressants in the last month. Psychotropic medication is used to treat clinical psychiatric symptoms or mental disorders such as depression.

Psychotropic medication use among U.S. adolescents in the last month from 2005 to 2010, by type*

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Release date

December 2013


United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2010

Age group

12-19 years

Supplementary notes

* Does not meet standards of reliability or precision; relative standard error greater than 30%.
ADHD = attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
ASH = anxiolytics, sedatives, hypnotics.

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