DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE

Children on Antidepressants Danger

Medical Authors and Editors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D.

Sept 14, 2004 -- The FDA is holding a public hearing on the occurrence of suicidal thinking and attempts in regard to antidepressant drugs in children and teens. The stories on this hearing began as follows in the Washington Post and New York Times today:

The Washington Post: "Two to 3 percent of children treated with antidepressants had suicidal thoughts or behavior as a result of the drugs, officials said yesterday (at the FDA hearing).... In a sharp departure from a decade-old position, agency officials said the increase in suicidal tendencies was not a result of the children's underlying depression but was caused by the medications themselves."


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