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an tee di pre suhnt

  • n  any of a class of drugs used to treat depression; often have undesirable side effects

  • In 2005, 10% of Americans aged six or older some 27 million people received at least one prescription for antidepressants.
  • That doesn't mean that the risk of suicide from antidepressant drugs is nonexistent.
  • A new study indicates that the number of Americans taking antidepressant medication doubled between 1996 and 2005.
News & Articles

  • Why Psychiatrists Are Physicians First
    “You must change her meds immediately,” barked the voice on the phone message. The voice did not state its name, but the caller ID indicated that it was a hospital social worker. The voice message continued, “This is Maria’s therapist. She’s vomiting. She needs a different antidepressant.”
    June 20, 2013 - Psychiatric Times
  • Talk Therapy or Antidepressant? A Brain Scan Predicts Which Works Best for Your Depression
    There hasn’t been much in the way of hard science to help doctors or patients decide on the best treatments for depression — until now. For the first time, brain imaging may be able to help determine who will get better in therapy and who improves more on medication. Depression affects an estimated 1 in 5 people over a lifetime, and talk therapies and antidepressant medications can help a ...
    June 17, 2013 - Wellness
  • Short-term antidepressant use, stress, high-fat diet linked to long-term weight gain
    Short-term use of antidepressants, combined with stress and a high-fat diet, is associated with long-term increases in body weight, a new animal study finds.
    June 17, 2013 - Science Daily

  • Lester Crawford in CBS News
    Today's actions represent FDA's conclusions about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and the necessary actions for physicians prescribing these antidepressant drugs and for the children and adolescents taking them,said Dr. Lester...

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