Ever since I had to do an analysis of ads promoting anti-depressants for consumer education class, I’ve been interested in the controversies…

Ever since I had to do an analysis of ads promoting anti-depressants for consumer education class, I’ve been interested in the controversies surrounding such promotion, but more importantly in the controversies surrounding the actual use of such drugs in teens in particular.   There has been a lot of press, both positive and negative, surrounding anti-depressant use in teens. It’s a debate that continues today, and some parts of the media seems unrelenting in its association of anti-depressant use with an increased tendency to be violent or suicidal. On the other hand, some people do believe it’s affective in treating depression in teens, albeit with side effects.   No matter what the sides of the argument are, even scientific studies on the issue still generate a lot of controversy. Some medical studies are sponsored by the companies that make these anti-depressants, and that can be the main problem people have with these studies. There doesn’t seem to be a concrete answer when it comes to this issue of anti-depressant use.   Given the side effects that can come with its use, should anti-depressant use be limited in teens? Or is it depicted more negatively than it should be?   – Allyson

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