Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are the most frequently prescribed category of antidepressants that have been developed over the past 20 years.
Although commonly used as an antidepressant, SSRIs are also used to treat various types of mood disorders, including but not limited to:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics to rate of antidepressant use in the United States among teens and adults has increased by more than 300% since the late 80s and early 90s. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans takes an antidepressant. Furthermore, women are 2.5 times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men.
Mood disorders are also one of the most frequently diagnosed issues among social security disability beneficiaries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 8 and 9 percent of Georgia residents meet the criteria for depression. Additionally, between 9 and 10 percent of South Carolina residents meet the criteria for depression.
Although there are many side-effects to using SSRIs, some manufacturers have failed to warn pregnant women of the effects the drugs can have on their child.