Does depression cause suicidal thoughts or does the antidepressant treatment cause the increased risk of suicide in patients? In this case of the chicken vs. the egg complex, Dr. Ronald R. Fieve, head of the Fieve Depression Center, located at 952 Fifth Avenue in New York City, breaks down both arguments for and against the use of antidepressant treatment for depressed kids.
Dr. Fieve: If you look at a lot of the drugs that are antidepressant agents, several of the studies over the last five years have suggested that in children, under the age of 10 or 12, the antidepressant might make them more depressed, even might make them suicidal. Its hard to tell when a person comes in depressed, whether the suicide is due to the depression, or its due to the drug that you're giving because of the depression, and so far all of those studies have been sort of poo-pooing the fact that these kids are getting suicidal because of the antidepressant. But they're enough parent groups and so forth, that have gotten behind this and said, look it's just easier to keep the kid away from this, so they're not confronted with this possible side effect of the drug.
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