PBS Newshour Interview on Kids and Antidepressants, May 28, 2004

SUSAN DENTZER: Now that we've been through this controversy almost a year in duration over these antidepressants in children and adolescents, what do you think the real issue is here?

DR. LARRY DILLER: I think the real issue is a culture clash. It's the difference between a society that looks at children's problems in terms of their brain and biochemistry, and responds in like with the use of medication, and a culture that's just a little bit more skeptical about that approach, and here I'm referring primarily to Western Europe -- actually, the rest of the world, to be honest. But here are the British who looked at the very same data that the FDA had and came up with very different conclusions -- a culture clash.

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The FDA Conference on Children and Anti-depressant Medication

I've been a doctor for twenty-seven years and thought I was pretty accustomed to the sad and difficult stories I heard about kids in my practice of behavioral pediatrics. Still I wasn't prepared for the tales of devastation and woe as I listened to parents and children speak earlier this week at the Food and Drug Administration meeting on the adverse effects of the anti-depressant drugs on children.

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Statement to the FDA on February 2nd, 2004

I am a behavioral-developmental pediatrician who has prescribed psychiatric drugs to children for 26 years. I have no drug company affiliations. I am the author of Running on Ritalin and Should I Medicate My Child? As a "front-line" practitioner I have lost faith in my research-academic colleagues to provide me data, information, opinions and conclusions in an objective and unbiased fashion. I desperately need that information -- today we are discussing SSRIs in children -- in order to validate and augment the clinical decisions I must make everyday on who does and doesn't get medication.

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