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Study Says Antidepressants are Ineffective for Teens and Adolescents

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Kaitlynn Martin1 year ago

According to a new analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antidepressants may be both ineffective and potentially dangerous when it comes to treating children and teens.

Overview of the Antidepressant Study

There was 14 antidepressants studied, but only Prozac was more effective in treating the depression than the inactive placebo.

When it comes to Effexor, it was linked to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts compared to placebos and other antidepressants.

Major depression has been found to affect 3 percent of children aged 6-12, and 6 percent aged 13-18.

Author of the study Dr. Andrea Cipriani states that it is recommend to do psychotherapy as a first line treatment. Cipriani also believes that Prozac should only be considered for patients who do not have access to this therapy or are unresponsive.

The FDA issued a “black box warning” in 2004 about teens and children using antidepressants, because of the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions. Despite this warning, the use of antidepressants increased in these age groups between 2005 and 2012.

Statistics for Antidepressants

Information provided by the Daily Mail:

  • 1 in 25 adolescents in the U.S are taking antidepressants.
  • A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 10 adults take antidepressants.
  • Antidepressants are the top prescription for Americans aged 18-44.
  • The use of antidepressants with Americans of all ages increased 400 percent over the last two decades.


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