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Does Antidepressants Increase Suicide Risk in Youth- Rough Draft.docx

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DOES ANTIDEPRESSANTS INCREASE RISK OF SUICIDE IN YOUTH? 1 Does Antidepressants Increase Suicide Risk in Youth? Kaira Mellix Psych 1101-103 April 8, 2016 Dr. Lenze Holliman
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DOES ANTIDEPRESSANTS INCREASE RISK OF SUICIDE IN YOUTH? 2 Does Antidepressants Increase Suicide Risk in Youth? Many teens know the feeling of being sad more than once in their life. Having a sad feeling is never really permanent. Depression, on the other hand, is more severe and most commonly treated with the proper medication. During the adolescent stage, youth face challenges with school, family, personal relationships, and anything else life might throw at them. These challenges may put any youth at risk to become depressed. The youth can feel overwhelmed, exhausted with life, and a lot of times, they can hit rock bottom. This cause and effect chain causes doctors to do what they feel is best and prescribe antidepressants to help them. The pharmaceutical industry profits off of prescribing drugs to youth, these drugs are usually antidepressants, which is commonly used to treat people that face major depressive disorder. These youth face the concern of having to use antidepressant medication. It is understood that medication can help, but what if it actually does more harm than good? There are alternatives people can take to help anyone resolves their depression without using antidepressant drugs. Antidepressants Before we address the question of whether antidepressants affect youth negatively, we need to ask the question, what are antidepressants? According to Harvard Health Letter (2014), antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. Antidepressants are used to treat a wide range of mental illnesses, the most common being major depressive disorder. “Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle
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DOES ANTIDEPRESSANTS INCREASE RISK OF SUICIDE IN YOUTH? 3 daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working” ( National Institute of Mental Health , 2016). Depression can also leave adolescents vulnerable to drug abuse and other behavioral disturbances. Over the decades, there has been plenty of controversies since the “black box”
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