Approximately 6% of US teens report psychotropic medication use, which is to say drugs for some mental health issue.
Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), investigators led by Bruce Jonas, PhD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), found that among US noninstitutionalized adolescents aged 12 to 19 years during the period from 2005 to 2010, 6.1% reported psychotropic medication use in the past month.
3.2% used antidepressants
3.2% used drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
1.0% used antipsychotics
0.5% used drugs for anxiety, sedation, or energy ddown-regulation.
.2% used drugs for antimaniacs
Investigators report that males (4.2%) were more likely than females (2.2%) to report ADHD medication use, whereas females (4.5%) were more likely than males (2.0%) to report antidepressant use.
The study also found 9.0% of children aged 5 to 17 years had been diagnosed with ADHD at some point from 2007 to 2009.