Harvard Mental Health Letter

In brief: Who is prescribing antidepressants?

In brief

Who is prescribing antidepressants?

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that prescriptions for antidepressants increased from 154 million in 2002 to 170 million in 2005 — and that psychiatrists prescribed only one-third of them. More than half of the prescriptions were written by primary care physicians or internal medicine specialists.

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