Report: 1 in 5 of US adults on behavioral meds These numbers are simply astounding. I attribute a lot of it to pharma company marketing. But also the way the psychology profession has changed. Most psychiatrists have been reduced to script writing. It's all they have time for/have an interest in doing. Therapy has been delegated to clinical psychologists and social workers. There's also the cultural fascination with pharmacological solutions to problems. The regional differences in drug use was also interesting. If I were a conspiracy theorist, which I am so obviously not, I would wonder if there weren't some kind of national effort underway to placate the masses with Xanax in combination with liberal doses of religion and cable television. What could possibly be a better solution to income equality in the United States than to throw Abilify at the problem? "In the "diabetes belt" states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama, about 23 percent of people are on at least one psychiatric or behavioral disorder drug" The diabetes belt is also the poverty belt. Being poor is a behavioral disorder.