Tackling the rise in number of children on anti-depressants
Posted by shutah on August 12, 2007
This interesting article appears in today’s Independent on Sunday …. How do we tackle the rise in the number of children on anti-depressants?
Child Psychiatrist Dr Sammi Timini says the practice has become institutionalised. “If a GP is faced with a distressed adolescent and is used to prescribing anti-depressants and having them come back saying they feel better, then he’s going to carry on prescribing. It’s a triumph of marketing over science.
Not only do the drugs not work, there is ongoing controversy over the side-effects of some SSRIs, and over how much information the manufacturers have released about their own research into the dangers. “For some people, these drugs can actually make them suicidal,” says Dr Timini. ” The withdrawal symptoms can cause a manic reaction. The published results – let alone the unpublished ones – show these drugs are not effective, and are actually dangerous.”
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