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Depression and Anxiety Is Most Prevalent in These States…

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By    |   Monday, 20 May 2019 08:24 PM

Prescriptions for depression and anxiety medications are on the rise among Americans, according to a recent analysis by the research team at GoodRx, a leading online prescription drug resource. But where you live plays a huge role in your prescription drug habit.

The GoodRx quarterly report measured the rise in "fills" for depression and anxiety medications while demonstrating that parts of the country appear to be coping with higher rates than others.

"In most of New England, for example, depression and anxiety medications accounted for 8% or more of all prescriptions filled, while in California and Texas, the fill rate for these drugs was just 6%," says Tori Marsh, MPH, part of the research team at GoodRx.

States in the Northeast seem to be hit the hardest with this rising trend. Indeed, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals suicide rates are increasing at an alarming rate in this region, says Marsh, especially in New Hampshire and Vermont.

"Data from Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index indicates that depression has the highest impact in the Northeastern States and this may not come as a complete surprise to many considering the climate in that area," she explains. "Cold, gray winters that stretch far into spring have been known to cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also referred to as the 'winter blues.'

"Research suggests that people with SAD suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety during the winter due to a decrease of sunlight. But while SAD may account for the high rates of drug fills during the winter, it doesn't explain why they stay high throughout the summer or why they continue to increase year after year."

By contrast, states in the West had the lowest rates of prescription drug fills for depression and anxiety, accounting for only 5.9% of total prescriptions filled. Hawaii seems to be the happiest state of all, with only 4% of fills. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), people in this region are highly satisfied with their overall health, believe they can manage their stress well, and exercise more.

The GoodRx data supports an APA survey called "Stress in America" that revealed people on the East Coast report the most stress in the country, citing money woes as the leading cause. Adults in the Midwest and Southern states have seen their stress levels rise over the years but are more likely to pray or seek psychological help instead of taking pills to help them manage, says the APA.

According to GoodRx, of all the depression and anxiety medications, sertraline or Zoloft was the most widely filled during the year, accounting for 4.5% of prescriptions in some regions. Zoloft is an SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor used to treat not only depression and anxiety but also obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety.

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