Antidepressant Research Paper

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Should antidepressant drugs be prescribed for children suffering from depression? Depression is a serious mental condition that is characterized by extreme feeling of sadness, worthlessness and hopelessness, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, and insomnia or excessive sleeping. “One in four young people aged 16 to 24 experience mental health problems during their teenage years, For youths under 14, mental disorders make up 22.6 per cent of the burden of disease. For those aged 15 to 24, almost half (49 per cent) of the estimated burden of disease in young people is due to mental disorders. (Lisa Mayoh) Antidepressant drugs should not be prescribed for children for depression because of rise in suicide, causes…show more content…
Antidepressants can make depression worse rather than better for some people, leading to an increased risk of suicide, hostility, and homicidal behavior. “ the first look at suicide attempts across the nation over many years, examining insurance data on 7.5 million people from 2000 to 2010.” That’s roughly around 2055 people a year. “ in the second year after the FDA warning was adopted, overdoses increased 21.7 percent among adolescents and 33.7 percent among young adults.” (Felice J. Freyer) How are children going to understand that they can only take a small amount of pills that they received? Children don’t understand things when their young, their minds are still developing. The medication they take can causes conflicted thoughts and give them feelings that don’t understand and some can lead to suicidal…show more content…
"Mary Sullivan, the mother of a 16-year-old boy, says: 'I was very worried about the medication we were putting him on and the high doses. At one stage he was on eight a day." Children that take high doses of medication can cause them to have behavior disorders as they grow older. Some teens can get hooked onto the medications that doctors prescribed for their depression. “Over 30,000 children under 18 are prescribed antidepressant. 4000 children under ten were also given mood-stabilising drugs, with 500 of them not even five years old.” (Lisa Mayoh) People are so busy, as they say, that they put more pills on a child then sending them to a group to help them or to actually stop and take time to understand what that child is going though and how to help them. If the doctors actually looked more into what they gave kids then we could actually study the action of the medication instead of piling more meds on a
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