In most developed countries, the use of antidepressants has risen over the past 15 years.But which country is the highest consumer?
The information in the infographic, below, is from an OECD report called Health at a Glance 2015 thatcalculated which developed countries consume the most antidepressants. The data was then visualized by Statista.
The information doesn’t necessarily show how glum a nation is, nor does the rise in consumption suggest we are becoming unhappier. Although it gives an intriguing insight into the prescriptionhabits of doctors, social taboos of mental illness and an insight into the “medicalization of misery.”
The results showed that Iceland, Australia and Portugal were among the top consumers of antidepressants, while Chile, South Korea and Estonia consumed the least.
However, it is worth noting that the report only covered the pharmaceutical habits of “developed countries.” Also, the United States the original “Prozac Nation” did not feature in this particular set of data. Separate data has shown10% of Americans are prescribed antidepressants, which would put them secondon this graph. We should also note that this is per thousand people, not by the total number consumed.
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