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Antidepressants commonly prescribed for children and adolescents are no more effective than a placebo for treating major depression — and in some cases, can be downright harmful, according to a landmark new study.
Published in the Lancet, the research denotes the “first comprehensive comparison of commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs so far.” Medical researchers analyzed 34 pharmaceutical trials involving 5,260 participants ranging in average age from 9 to 18 years.
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Diagnosed major depressive disorder affects a statistically striking number of young people — 3 percent of children between 6 and 12 years of age and 6 percent of teens between 13 and 18 years old. Accuracy of diagnostic methods or possible over-diagnosis were not covered by this study.
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originally posted by: ladyinwaiting
People have depressive disorders that can be lethal. Dismissing pharmacotherapy is not helpful, Bo.
originally posted by: Morrad
For as long as I remember there has been a black box warning on the use of anti-depressants with teenagers. They are far more prone to suicide in the first few weeks of treatment.
I think a major problem is overuse due to the pathologization of normal human emotions which are subsequently treated and medicated.
originally posted by: imod02
People have forgotten or dont know the power of the right words and time has to heal. Yes sometimes we need drugs, but drugs alone are not the answer. People want everything NOW so the docs give them the pill, also pills make money, talking heals but costs money.
I don't recall saying that none of them work at all.