Antidepressants' Benefits Outweigh Risks for Children: Meta-Analysis Results Seen as Reassuring
Moon, Mary Ann, Clinical Psychiatry News
The latest study looking at the impact of antidepressant treatments on children and adolescents should be reassuring to physicians and parents because it is another indication that prescribing the medications outweighs the risks of not doing so, top psychiatrists say.
"Treating depression in adolescence is a high priority given the teenager's suffering, increased likelihood of substance abuse, and increased risk of self-destructive behavior--especially through suicide and accidents," Dr. Michael S. Jellinek, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Harvard University, Boston, said in an interview.
Dr. David Fassler agreed, saying in an interview that the study's findings confirm that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can be an effective component of treatment for children and adolescents …
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Publication information: Article title: Antidepressants' Benefits Outweigh Risks for Children: Meta-Analysis Results Seen as Reassuring. Contributors: Moon, Mary Ann - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 35. Issue: 5 Publication date: May 2007. Page number: 1+. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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