More Women Take Medicine For Mental Disorders

11.18.11 | Bob Price

One in every 4 American women take medication for a mental disorder. Most of the conditions are for anxiety or depression. The numbers were released by a pharmacy group and are taken from a survey of 2.5 million Americans on medications over the last year.  It's a 22 percent hike since 2001. The medicines are most often prescribed to women 45 and older, but their use among younger adults and men-- climbed sharply last year. 

Men, in fact, have quadrupled their use of medicine over the last decade. The midwest used them the least, the deep south, the most.  NY and PA fell in the middle.