Why Have the Tricyclic and SSRI Antidepressants Both Failed to Help Children?

Higher rates of suicidality for children taking the SSRI antidepressants were finally confirmed by an army of statisticians and scientists at yesterday's FDA meetings on the Prozac type drugs.  One can expect approximately two to three children out of a hundred taking the drug to experience thoughts or take actions related to suicide.  This is over and above any suicidal type behavior associated with the depression that is being treated with the drugs...

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Medicating Our Children/A Warning About What the Doctor Ordered

First printed in the San Francisco Chronicle, September 20th, 2004

At a two-day conference in Bethesda, Md., last week, a panel of experts recommended to the Food and Drug Administration that Prozac and other antidepressants be given a "black box" warning to their prescribing labels. Higher rates of suicidal thinking and behavior in the absence of any proof of effectiveness in treating childhood depression led to the panel's decision.

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Lawrence Diller's Statement to the FDA on September 13, 2004

I have prescribed psychiatric drugs to children for twenty-six years. I've written two books on children and psychiatric drugs. I've appeared before Congress and the President's Council on Bioethics. But today I come before you as a physician in private practice with a report from the front lines -- news from the primary care pediatricians and family doctors, the private practice child psychiatrists and the families of the patients themselves.

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