An Associated Press article has reported on how antidepressants have a positive effect on children and adolescents. The upside? No suicides.
Antidepressants used: Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft, Lexapro, Prozac, Serzone, Remeron.
Dr. David Brent from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine is a flat-out idiot:
‘‘The medications are safe and effective and should be considered as an important part of treatment. The benefits seem favorable compared to the small risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.’’
Screw you, Dr. Brent for not taking meds and taking money from drug companies (probably to fund research studies). All meds listed above – Paxil, namely – have side/withdrawal effects strong enough to fuck an adult up, let alone a developing child. Sure, I recommend alcohol for kids: It’s safe, effective, and the benefits are favorable compared to the small risk of alcoholism and drunk driving.
The prestigious Duke University has a smarter and cautious doctor, Dr. John March, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.
“He said the suicidal behavior risk, although lower than found by the FDA, demands that doctors and families watch for warning signs.
‘You can’t treat kids with these drugs without taking this information into account,’ said March, who was not involved in the study, but does similar research. ‘You can’t say, ‘Take these and call me in six weeks.’ You have to monitor carefully the benefits and adverse events.’
An addendum: “The study was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”
Talk amongst yourselves.