Concern over pills to fight depression

Genetic differences also affect how well anti-depressants work for different people and how well people are able to tolerate them.
Genetic differences also affect how well anti-depressants work for different people and how well people are able to tolerate them. PHOTO: AFP

Treatment for children with depression is largely similar to that for adults, but there is concern that children may be at greater risk of having suicidal thoughts after taking anti-depressants.

The Food and Drug Administration in the US issued a public warning in 2004 of an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviour in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder when they are treated with anti-depressants.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Concern over pills to fight depression'. Print Edition | Subscribe