Teenagers, Children, Antidepressants and Suicide

Antidepressants for teenagers and children have become a controversial topic thanks to all the evidence that is surfacing linking the side effects of these drugs to suicides and violent behavior. For years many groups have been calling for the investigation of the side effects from drugs like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. Particularly when they are prescribed to children and young adults. This year the US FDA and several other governments have determined that antidepressants are causing the deaths of many children. Some have banned the drugs outright while others have required to place a strong warning label on these drugs.

A recent article in The Roanoke Times reviews a recent panel called to investigate the use of antidepressants to treat depressed children and teenagers. The article mentions a social worker named Kathie St. Clair who travels around the United States, talking to the family and friends of teens who have committed suicide.

The licensed clinical social worker, who has worked in the Roanoke Valley for decades, said one of the teens drowned herself. Several others hanged themselves. Another poured gasoline on her clothing, set herself on fire, then stabbed herself in the stomach - but managed to survive.

She’s investigated about 15 cases involving teen suicides, interviewing family members, friends, school officials and others about what may have gone wrong. A common theme in the violent suicides: All of the teenagers had started taking a form of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

I think it’s time to stop psychiatrists completely from giving these drugs to children. Any drug that can cause you to kill yourself should never be given to a child. What do you think?

For more information on antidepressants and children - visit psychiatry.info

Tags: Antidepressants, Deaths Caused By Psychiatry, Depression, Paxil, Prozac, Psychiatry, Drugs & Children, Side Effects, Zoloft

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