Study Questions Use of Antidepressants for Children, Teens

teensA recent study has pointed out that treating teens and children suffering from depression with antidepressants is both ineffective and possibly dangerous. The scientist tested 14 different antidepressants and only fluoxetine (Prozac) was found to be more effective in the treatment of depression.

Major depression affects 6 percent of teen and about 3 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Antidepressant use is associated with suicidal thoughts among other risks.

The researchers recommend that the young people suffering from major depressive disorder should be put through cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy as the first line of treatment. The use of antidepressants should only happen for those without access to psychotherapy and in those who do not respond to psychotherapy.

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