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Close to 100,000 children in the UK are thought to be taking prescribed antidepressant medication, but are these drugs really doing them any good? Do the possible harms and side-effects of antidepressants in children outweigh their potential benefits, and what does the current evidence tell us? In this podcast, psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist Dr David Healy discusses his findings with Dr Raj Persaud, arguing that greater scrutiny of the evidence and a greater degree of professional autonomy are required in this area.
Date published: 14 March 2019
Presenter: Dr Raj
Audio running time: 41 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the way in which antidepressant
prescribing in children has changed in recent years
the evidence base regarding the
effectiveness of antidepressants in children
how and why SSRIs were developed
the detrimental effects that
antidepressant drugs can have on children.
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