Alarming Trend of Preschoolers Using Antidepressants - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/2/04

Alarming Trend of Preschoolers Using Antidepressants

A new study finds preschoolers are among the fastest growing group of patients using antidepressants. The study compared two million prescription claim records from pediatric patients 18 and younger between 1998 and 2002. It found nearly a 50% increase in that five year period.

Perhaps the most surprising was the number of prescriptions doubled in preschool girls and jumped 63% for preschool boys. This study in the Journal Psychiatric Services comes after a recent advisory from the FDA asking pediatricians and parents to watch for any changes in symptoms in kids who take antidepressants because they have not been thoroughly studied yet in kids.

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