Antidepressants flow freely in Utah as 1 in 5 women partakes

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  • justcap Provo, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    It appears the study only looked at how much anti-depressants were used, overlooking the actual purpose of the prescribed medication. This may say less about "depression" in Utah cities as it does about doctors prescription habits--

    For example, my wife had a stomach problem, and her doctor simply gave her a prescription for an anti-depressant. (We never figured out why, and didn't end up filling it). Perhaps some Utah doctors just more readily prescribe these than in other states.

    I'm not saying this is the answer, but I am saying that there are other ways of looking at this study, and other possible explanations than the obvious ones pointed out in the article.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Sept. 20, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    To mom of many.

    Most of those who drink do are not alcoholics.

    A glass of wine or 2 may preclude the need for prescription drugs.

    Most studies have shown that a couple of drinks per day is actually healthy.

    Life is stressful at times.

    Relax, have a beer. You might like it.

    Don't knock it till you try it.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 10:20 a.m.

    I see this as encouraging. Many other states I lived in I witnessed 'self-medicating' strategies for dealing with depression. The number one strategy I saw among people I knew was alcohol abuse, the next was over-eating and gambling.

    So before anyone suggests that living in Utah is 'depressing,' they should consider how non-Mormons deal with stress. Recognizing a mental or physical problem, and getting treatment, is far preferable to the ways I saw so many others tragically trying to cover--unsuccessfully--their conditions.

  • Civil Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2010 10:15 a.m.

    What is rarely stated in articles about anti-depressents is this study:

    There are three methods for treating depression:

    Drugs & Exercise

    Exercise and drugs & exercise are both more effective than drugs alone.

    Take a walk! Exercise causes your body to produce endorphins, the body's natural mood enhancer. If you can only go 50 yards, start there and work your way up! Walk outside, without sunglasses, since sunlight on your retinas also causes your body to produce endorphins.

  • mkSdd3 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 17, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    Depression is a disease of the brain. Studies indicate that it will affect 1 in 3 women, that is 33%. If only 20% of the women are taking drugs that means 13% are not. A whole lot of numbers and it still doesn't say anything. I guess the point to the story is you shouldn't take medication if your sick.

  • jane Hereford, AZ
    Sept. 16, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    It's also true that depression is connected with many chronic illnesses--if the disease itself doesn't have depression as one of the symptoms, the medicines taken may cause depression. And having a chronic disease itself is depressing. So is having a cluster of several minor diseases.

    Try hurting every day of your life for over 20 years and see whether you'd feel depressed, too. (No, I'm not on anti-depressants, but I can sure understand why people are.)

  • patjan Flower Mound, TX
    Sept. 16, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    It's not hard to understand why there are more women taking anti-depressants than men. Many women lose their natural hormones after menapause and with the threat of cancer, many women do not take hormone replacement. This forces some women to use antidepressants because without hormones, the body's chemical balance goes wacky. Lack of hormones affect memory, sleep, concentration, energy levels, etc.

  • Sarah B Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 16, 2010 7:18 p.m.

    The headline is misleading. In some areas it may be one in 5, or approx. 20%, In other areas in may be 7.5%. If you don't want comments that are misrepresentative, don't print headlines that are misleading.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 16, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    The study also found that one-third of all Utahns taking antidepressants in 2009 were also receiving medication for two significant chronic diseases, such as diabetes or hypertension.



    Do you think it's because DIABETES is a a known side-effect to the Anti-Depressant meds?

    These studies crack me up.
    the altitutde causes increased Suicide in Utah,

    But the risk of Suicide is a KNOWN side-effect to the Anti-Depressant meds as well.

    My heavens, who pays for these so-called studies?
    The BIG Pharmaceutical companies responsible for making and selling the drugs?