The use of mental health services in the United States has stabilized over the last decade, with prescription drugs representing the most common type of care. As expected, mental health services are most often received by persons with serious mental illnesses. In most cases, adults experiencing a major depressive episode will seek professional help at generalists or family doctors, followed by psychiatrists or psychotherapists. High costs are often cited as the chief reason for not utilizing mental health services.
According to some estimates, around 29.4 million adults in the U.S. receive mental health treatment through prescribed medication. Thus, mental health is one of the most productive therapeutic sectors in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry.