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Anti-depressants lead to Suicidal Tendencies in Teens >>

Suicide, giving up on your own life in order to combat stress is depressing. It may seem that there is no way to solve problems but to commit suicide to end the pain. Suicidal tendencies can be prevented with professional treatment.  

 

It has been observed that teenagers are highly like to have suicidal tendencies. A research suggests that doctors should start with recommending low doses of antidepressant drugs for teens because high dosage might increase the risk of suicidal tendencies. It was found that younger patients who were being treated with higher-than-recommended doses of antidepressants were more than twice as likely to try to harm themselves as those who were initially treated with the same drugs at lower doses.

 

Whether to prescribe antidepressants to children and young adults has been a debatable health issue. A public warning about the risk of suicide in kids and teens treated with a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) was first issued in the year 2004. The warning followed a government review that found youngsters who took the drugs were twice as likely to try to harm themselves.

 

A child or adolescent with depressive disorder should be carefully and thoroughly evaluated by a doctor to determine if medication is suitable. Once started, treatment with these medications should not be stopped abruptly. Although they are addictive, abruptly ending an antidepressant can cause withdrawal symptoms or lead to a relapse.

 

 Children already taking an SSRI medication should remain on the medication if it has been helpful, but should be carefully monitored by a doctor for side effects. Parents should promptly seek medical advice and evaluation if their child or adolescent experiences suicidal thinking or behavior, nervousness, agitation, irritability, mood instability, or sleeplessness that either emerges or worsens during treatment with SSRI medications.

 

Generally, Psychotherapy is tried as an initial treatment for mild depression. It helps in determining the severity of depression and whether antidepressant medications would be necessary.  Cognitive behavioral therapy & interpersonal therapy are the types of psychotherapies used to determine persistence of depression.


Above treatments can have side effects hence physicians should carefully weigh the risks and benefits, and patients should be monitored to help control the risks.