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Lexapro For Teens

Posted Mar 24 2009 3:16pm

Here’s an excerpt from Furious Seasons  on why not antidepressants for kids:

Because anti-depressants represent America’s quick fix culture: compare our approach with the UK’s, where anti-depressants are mostly banned for anyone under 18 and where its own health care agencies (ie, NICE) recommend approaching depression treatment by going through watchful waiting, making sure patients are eating properly and exercising, psychotherapy and, then and only then, moving to anti-depressants. Since making that shift a few years ago in the nation’s depression treatment policies, I’ve heard no reports of British teens going through a suicide epidemic. In fact, the suicide rate went down over there when most anti-depressants (except Prozac) were banned for under-18s.

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