Antidepressants Double Aggression And Suicide Risk In Kids

Posted: Jan 28 2016, 10:28am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Antidepressants Double Aggression and Suicide Risk in Kids
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  • Antidepressants found to Cause Aggression and Suicide Risk in Children and Adolescents

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Study shows that the harmful effects of antidepressants are usually suppressed in studies but are causing significant damage among children and adolescents.

Treating psychological disorders is tricky. The causes of the symptoms are very hard to diagnose and every patient has to be treated carefully. The diagnosis itself is a lengthy process. Even then almost 60 percent of psychological diagnosis indicate depression.

Causes of depression are still unknown. The treatment for this disorder usually comprises of therapies and medication. Antidepressants are prescribed to people every day.

Children, teenagers and adults diagnosed with depression are often prescribed antidepressants which include, Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). These help in control of the serotonin hormone which helps in keeping the mood sad.

Even though they seem to work, many psychologists and researchers are questioning whether they are actually beneficial for their patients in the long run. Recently a team of researchers from Denmark reviewed the meta-analysis of 68 clinical study systematically.

They have reports of 70 trials with 18,526 patients to examine use of antidepressants and associated serious harms including deaths, suicidal thoughts and attempts as well as aggression and akathisia, a form of restlessness that may increase suicide and violence.

Researchers reported that the harms related with antidepressants are often not included in published trial reports. This is why they analysed clinical study reports, prepared by pharmaceutical companies for market authorisation, and summary trial reports, both of which usually include more information.

According to the researchers, they was no significant change or harm inducing thoughts or behaviour recorded for adults caused by antidepressants. However, there was almost doubles aggression and suicide susceptibility among adolescents and children.

Researchers recommend that psychological therapies and counselling should be used for children, adolescents and young adults. The use of antidepressants should be avoided to prevent aggressive thoughts and suicidal behaviour among them.

The findings of this study published in The BMJ.

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