Anti Depressants in Teens

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Are anti-depressants a medication or a mental steroid?” (Kramer). For many years there has been an ongoing talk about anti-depressants. The big question is, are they really a cure for depression or just a mental steroid. An anti-depressant is a medication used to treat depression and other anxiety disorders. When proscribed to children and teens there can be severe side effects such as an increased chance to commit suicide or have suicidal thoughts or actions. This risk of suicide is higher for people under the age of 25. (Mayo Clinic Staff). Teenage usage of anti-depressants has been a controversial issue for many decades.
Many people believe that anti-depressants aren’t a medication, but only create artificial happiness. Teenage usage of anti-depressants is so risky because it can increase the chance of suicide. Some more side effects they can cause are anxiety, agitation, hostility, restlessness, or impulsive behavior. They can also make symptoms of depression stronger after the medication wears off. Although there are many side effects to anti-depressants, doctor’s still proscribe them to children who have depression and anxiety disorders. Some popular anti-depressants that doctors proscribe to adolescents are Prozac and Zoloft. (Anti-Depressants). Scientists and Doctors studies’ show that 4 percent of those taking antidepressants had an increase in suicidal thoughts, compared with 2 percent of those taking sugar pills. After seeing those studies, the FDA (Food

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