Antidepressants play different role in young people compared with Adults, new research states

According to a recent scientific research, most available antidepressants are totally futile when it comes to treating extremely depressive disorder. There are few antidepressants dangerously harmful for young patients. The Scientific study was conducted on 14 different antidepressants and only fluoxetine was effective on supremely depressive young patients.

Although the research group marked this study as the most detailed one but the actual effectiveness of these drugs is still doubtful .This is because very few researches were conducted on this issue.  Major depressive disorders are rising in an alarming rate these days. A survey estimated about 3 percent children aging 6 to 12 and 6 percent of teens aging 13 to 18 with majorly depressive disorder.  The lead author of the study, Dr. Andrea Cipriani of the University of Oxford stated that depressive disorder impacts are different in young people compared to the adults.

Dr. Cipriani stated “Not only is it still under-diagnosed and under-treated but also it tends to present in a different way, Depressive symptoms in children and adolescents are rather undifferentiated. You notice more irritability, aggressive behavior and problems at school. And consequences of depressive episodes in children and adolescents are dramatic because they include impairments in their social functioning but also an increased risk of suicidal ideation and attempts.”

International treatment guidelines for major depression also released a non drug approach guideline. This guideline is known as the cognitive behavioral or interpersonal therapy. The U.S Food and Drug Administration referred a “black box” warming for all antidepressant uses in young people. According to FDA, the use of drug in young people will eventually enhance suicidal thinking and such behavior.  

Dr. Jon Jureidini from The University of Adelaide detailed the many incidents of suicidal thoughts and behavior. According to Dr. Jon “Careful monitoring is important in order to identify youth who may have the emergence of suicidal thoughts, in order to provide the proper level of care to insure safety,” Dr. Jon also urged to take depression with more seriousness , he further stated  “Failure to treat depression should not be the take-home of this study.”

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