Antidepressant use among Asians in the United States

Hector M. González, Wassim Tarraf, Brady T. West, Domin Chan, Patricia Y. Miranda, Fredrick T. Leong

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Objectives: We examined the prevalence and predictors of past-year antidepressant use in a nationally representative sample of Asian Americans and non-Latino Whites. Methods: Analyses of 12-month antidepressant medication use were based on data from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys that surveyed Asian (Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and others; N = 2,284) and non-Latino White (N = 6,696) household residents ages 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and Hawaii. Results: Prevalence rates for 12-month antidepressant use for Asians with major depression ranged from 8.7% among Vietnamese to 17% among Chinese respondents. Compared to non-Latino Whites (32.4%), all Asians (10.9%) meeting criteria for 12-month depressive and anxiety disorders, but especially Filipinos (8.8%) were less likely to report past-year antidepressant use. Conclusions: We found disparities in past-year antidepressant use among all the examined major Asian groups meeting criteria for 12-month depressive and anxiety disorders. These disparities were not explained by mental health need or socioeconomic factors that enable access to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalDepression and anxiety
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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González, H. M., Tarraf, W., West, B. T., Chan, D., Miranda, P. Y., & Leong, F. T. (2010). Antidepressant use among Asians in the United States. Depression and anxiety, 27(1), 46-55.