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The Use Of Antidepressants For Children

Aug 29, 2008
Antidepressants are the drugs or medicines that are used in curing the disorders of depression. It is generally believed that depression occurs only to the adults but that is not always true. Depression is also observed in children. There are a number of small children who suffer from depression and are prescribed by the doctor to intake the antidepressant medicines.

When antidepressants are taken they increase the chemical activity in the brain, especially the neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters are responsible for passing the signal from one brain cell to another. Thus the use of antidepressants can help the person to come out of depression.

One thing should be very clear about the actual status of one's child, when they are to be given, the antidepressants. This is because they are not the normal form of medicines. These are to be taken only when prescribed by the doctor. There are some effects resulting from the intake of these antidepressants in the children. Some of these include the suicidal thinking in small children. But there are no any cases noted yet.

It is not that the antidepressants cannot be used to treat children. In fact there are a number of children who have cherished the advantages of these medicines. Also it can happen that if the disorder is not taken seriously in case of small children than they won't be able to live a happy life.

As antidepressants are not the normal kinds of medicines because it can lead to many side effects as well as they are dangerous when they are taken in excess one has to see that if their children are prescribed for the antidepressants then the thorough study of the disorder is done and there is no other option then treating with a antidepressant medicines.

Also it should be noted that the number of pills that should be taken at a time must not exceed much. Also when medicines are prescribed one has to be sure about how these are to be taken. One has to discuss that issue thoroughly with the health care person.]

Once the antidepressant medication is started for one's child one has to see that a proper dose is taken by the child. Also sometimes the child may feel like taking all the medicines at a single time. One has to look to this also. If it is beyond the control of the child they should be kept far away from its reach.
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