Pediatric Psychiatry Atidepressant Use

Decline in Antidepressant Use Limited to Children With Less Severe Depression
Megan Brooks
The study is published in the November issue of Medical Care.

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December 1, 2010 — The decline in antidepressant prescribing in children following the March 2004 warning on suicidality by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been limited to those with less severe depression, who account for the majority of depressed youth in the United States, a new study shows.

At the same time, the study suggests there has been an increase in the use of psychotherapy, without medication in this patient population. "Together, these findings suggest more clinically nuanced pediatric antidepressant prescribing patterns than previously found," the study authors write.

"From our findings, it appears that more serious diagnosed youth continue to be treated with an antidepressant," Julie M. Zito, PhD, University of Maryland in Baltimore, told Medscape Medical News.

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