Anti Depressant Drugs Be Prescribed For Children Suffering From Depression

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“For a person whose mind is in a dark, scary or dangerous place, one scribbled not from a doctor’s hand can change everything. It may bring sweat relief, the lifting of a grey fog, or a sense of being in control again. But for some, it can spark a journey into an even darker, scarier, territory”. According to At Issue, from the Sirs data base, Depression is a serious mental illness that affects ten to fifteen kids. Symptoms of depression can range from sadness, worthlessness or even hopelessness, fatigue, irritability, excessive eating, no eating, excessive sleeping, or insomnia. There is a lot of controversy on whether or not anti-depressants will improve depression in kids or if it will lead to suicidal thoughts. This paper will examine the pro, con and my view point on should anti-depressant drugs be prescribed for children suffering from depression (ProQuest).
First, the pro view point is anti-depressant drugs can improve the quality of life. For example, when doctors stopped prescribing anti-depressants suicide attempts increased. Felice Fryer, Boston Globe Journalist shares, that when the federal government required the “Black Box” label suicide attempts actually went up. As you can see, a law attended to worn doctors and patients actually scared them. Fryer quotes author Christine Y. Lu, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, as saying, “Doctors should consider not just the risk of the drug, but the risk of under treatment.” Therefore, when doctors withhold…

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