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Depression: Treating Depression With Medication

Are Antidepressants Safe? continued...

Are Antidepressants Safe? continued...

Before the FDA released its first advisory in March 2004, antidepressant use in children and teens had been rising steadily for years. By the end of June 2005, there was a 20% drop in antidepressant prescriptions for kids aged 18 and younger. But in September 2007, Florida researchers reported an unprecedented spike in child and teen suicides. One possible explanation is that frightened parents and doctors might be withholding needed medication from depressed youth, leading to an increase in suicide deaths.

If your child has depression, be sure to talk to your doctor to determine if psychotherapy, depression medications, or both are right for your child.

Will I Become Addicted if I Take Antidepressants?

Antidepressant medicines are not addictive; they do not make you ‘high,’ have a tranquilizing effect, or produce a craving for more.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 14, 2012

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