In brief: Who is prescribing antidepressants?

In brief

Who is prescribing antidepressants?

Published: November, 2008

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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