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Antidepressant Use in U.S. Has Almost Doubled
Date:8/3/2009

acea for a number of psychosocial issues which might be better served by counseling," Kotrla said.

"Who's really taking these medications?" Caine said. "It's not clear that it makes anyone healthier. That's a fundamental issue that we don't know. We don't have any way of telling if this made people's lives better."

A second study in the same issue of the journal followed 306 preschoolers aged 3 to 6 years for 24 months and found that depression in this group tends not to just go away as the child gets older, but can linger as a chronic condition.

"This is exciting because it gives us an opportunity for early intervention," Kotrla said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more on depression.



SOURCES: Mark Olfson, M.D., professor, clinical psychiatry, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City; Eric Caine, M.D., chair, department of psychiatry, and co-director, Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide, University of Rochester Medical Center, N.Y.; Kathryn J. Kotrla, M.D., chairwoman and associate professor, psychiatry and behavioral science, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and associate dean, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Round Rock campus; M. Beatriz Currier, M.D., associate professor, clinical psychiatry, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; August 2009 Archives of General Psychiatry


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