[Source: Medical News Today]
Children and adolescents with major depression do not benefit from most antidepressant medications, and some of these drugs may do more harm than good. This is the conclusion of a new study published in The Lancet.
For children and adolescents with major depression, researchers suggest the harms may outweigh the risks when it comes to antidepressant use.
Major depression, or major depressive disorder, is estimated to affect around 2.8 percent of children aged 6-12 years and 5.6 percent of adolescents aged 12-18 years in the United States, according to the study authors.
The condition is normally diagnosed if a child or adolescent experiences depressive symptoms for more than 2 weeks.
These symptoms include mood swings, irritability, changes in eating habits, frequent sadness and crying, low self-esteem, and thoughts of death or suicide.