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Antidepressant use in children on the rise

Posted on November 9th, 2011 No Comments

According to data, there are fewer children in the United States as compared to 1964 but more of them are taking medication for depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed 12- to 17- year- olds as being four times more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant than they would have been 20 years ago.

The study suggests that there are less major depressive episodes, MDEs, among children currently but that is largely due to the fact that more children are being medicated for them. Shocking data from the study reveal that eight percent of the children on medication for depression did not even show symptoms of depression.

A black-box warning was given by the FDA towards antidepressant use for children. The negative side effects are more obvious in child patients and the FDA urges strong supervision of children on these drugs.

Antidepressants, such as Zoloft, have been linked to numerous side effects. In the case of Zoloft, severe birth defects can occur if the drug was taken during pregnancy. If you were taking Zoloft during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, please contact the Zoloft lawsuit lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-641-9810 today.

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