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Are taking antidepressants, contends psychologist and author Michael Connor. ”16 Critics of liberally prescribing antidepressants to young people also argue that it teaches children that taking a pill is the answer to life’s problems. In addition, they say, the side effects of antidepressants may interfere with a child’s growth and development, and little is known about long-term health effects. Some children experience adverse reactions to antidepressants. The medical label on Luvox warns of a 4 percent risk of people developing mania or manic-like symptoms.

In practice, in the treatment of major depression, I almost always combine medicine with psychotherapy. I imagine that . . the antidepressants allow for the learning that psychotherapy guides. ” —Peter D. Kramer, Against Depression. New York: Viking, 2005. Kramer is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University and the author of several books including Listening to Prozac. “ As a physician, I was taught that all medications have risks and side effects so that I must consider the riskto-benefit ratio of any medication I prescribe.

Lochridge is a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Smyrna, Georgia. “ Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. ” —“Black box” warning mandated for antidepressants by the FDA in September 2004. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the selling and use of prescription medicines. 48 Should Antidepressants Be Prescribed to Children and Adolescents?

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