Unintended Consequences

A decline in the numbers of newly diagnosed cases of depression in the US may be an unintended consequence of government warnings about increased risk of suicidal behavior among children and teens receiving antidepressants.

             A report on the changes in the number of new diagnoses appears in the June 2009 edition of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

             From the time of the 2003 Food and Drug Administration issued its warning about selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)  through June 2007, primary care physicians wrote 44 percent fewer prescriptions for pediatric patients than historic trends predicted, and 37 percent fewer for adults.  During the same time period there were no changes in alternative medications or psychotherapy to compensate for the decline in SSRI prescriptions.

             In October 2003, http://healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=627661

             A more extensive report – “Antidepressant Medications for Children and Adolescents: Information for Parents and Caregivers: – is available from the National Institute of Mental Health at from the National Institute at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/antidepressant-medications-for-children-and-adolescents-information-for-parents-and-caregivers.shtml

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.
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Miami, Florida 33143
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