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Antidepressants for teenagers -- good or bad?

Antidepressants are used by 11 million teenagers in the US each year. Recently the FDA acknowledged that antidepressants can potentially trigger suicidal thoughts in teenagers being treated for depression. Authorities are concerned that people will avoid antidepressants over the concern of suicide but this can be avoided by close monitoring of the patient. A combination of medication and counseling is still believed to be the most effective treatment for depression. 7% of the 50% of depressed teenagers who attempt suicide will succeed.

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Date: 19 October 2004

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