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Should Antidepressants Be Prescribed to Children and Adolescents? ” While most child psychiatrists agree that a minority of children may be adversely affected by antidepressants, they also believe these drugs have saved children’s lives. ” Should Antidepressants Be Prescribed to Children and Adolescents? “ The phenomenal growth in antidepressants prescribed to children leaves many doctors and therapists uneasy. J. ” A 2007 newspaper article in the Globe and Mail featured Sarah (not her real name), who had dropped out of high school by age 16 and was living on the streets and abusing a variety of drugs.

Would people who suffer from distressing romantic relationships gain more from entering new relationships than from taking an anti-depressant? ” Between 1995 and 2002 . . the use of these [antidepressant] drugs rose 48 percent. . Many psychiatrists see this statistic as good news—a sign that finally Americans feel comfortable asking for help with psychiatric problems. ” Are Antidepressants Overprescribed? “ —Allan Horwitz, Creating Mental Illness. ” T he number of people taking antidepressant drugs increased greatly in the 1980s and 1990s when the SSRI antidepressants were introduced.

Rothman, a professor of social medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. In recent years drug companies have also targeted their advertising campaigns directly at consumers. Print, television, and Internet advertising has touted the benefits of the latest antidepressants and encouraged people to talk about it with their doctors. Studies have shown that such advertising has been remarkably effective and that doctors frequently go along with prescribing medications that their patients request.

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