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The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study with evidence to reveal adults taking concurrent medications with the adverse side effect of causing depression have a heightened risk of depressive symptoms.

The researchers assessed the prescribed drug use of about 26,192 adults between 2005 and 2014 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The data showed that 15 percent of participants reported depressive symptoms while taking three or more prescribed drugs. Nine percent felt depressed while taking two drugs, 7 percent felt depressed while taking two drugs, and 5 percent experienced depression without taking any drugs, totaling to 37.2%. This analysis was determined excluding the adults taking antidepressants or being treated for hypertension.

Read the JAMA abstract here.

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