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Scientists warn of the ineffectiveness or even dangerous of antidepressants in children and adolescents

Petar Gramatikovhttps://www.europeantimes.news
Dr. Petar Gramatikov is the Editor in Chief and Director of The European Times. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Reporters. Dr. Gramatikov has more than 20 years of Academic experience in different institutions for higher education in Bulgaria. He also examined lectures, related to theoretical problems involved in the application of international law in religious law where a special focus has been given to the legal framework of New Religious Movements, freedom of religion and self-determination, and State-Church relations for plural-ethnic states. In addition to his professional and academic experience, Dr. Gramatikov has more than 10 years Media experience where he hold a positions as Editor of a tourism quarterly periodical “Club Orpheus” magazine – “ORPHEUS CLUB Wellness” PLC, Plovdiv; Consultant and author of religious lectures for the specialized rubric for deaf people at the Bulgarian National Television and has been Accredited as a journalist from “Help the Needy” Public Newspaper at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

A study by the British medical journal Lancet found that most antidepressants were ineffective or even dangerous for children and adolescents suffering from major depression. The study was conducted by an international group of scientists, and 36 types of tests were conducted among more than 5,000 children and adolescents aged between 9 and 18 years. Of the 14 drugs tested, only one (fluoxetine, known by the trade name Prozac) proved to be more effective than placebo in treating symptoms associated with depression.

According to estimates cited in the study, 2.8% of children between the ages of 6 and 12 and 5.6% of adolescents in developed countries suffer from severe depression. This is on the one hand a positive statistic, but at the same time it is the reason why the effectiveness and negative effects of this group of drugs are not well known due to the low availability of clinical trials.

At the same time, it is possible that these figures are higher due to difficulties in diagnosis. Symptoms are different from those in adults and often include irritability, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior, while antidepressants can lead to suicidal thoughts, headaches, vomiting, and insomnia. For this reason, researchers recommend that children and adolescents be approached primarily with psychotherapy as a more effective method in the long run.

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