Antidepressant use skyrockets among adolescents: Aussie study

Girls as young as 10 were among those with the highest rates of initiation of the drugs, researchers say

First-time antidepressant use among adolescent females rose dramatically during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian researchers say. 


Their analysis of PBS data found a 15.6% increase in antidepressant initiation between March 2020 and February 2021, corresponding to an excess of more than 5000 adolescent females being prescribed antidepressants for the first time.  

Use of antidepressants by women in all age groups was higher than expected after COVID-19 hit,