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Antidepressants in Children Horrific Adverse Events
Let’s start with the fact that the mechanism of action in antidepressants is unknown. What that means is no one knows why they work—but do they work? Studies show that the placebo effect happens up to 85% of the time.
The side effects of the SSRIs are horrendous. Suicide, suicidality, and suicidal thoughts are by far, of course, among the worst.
Children are especially prone to psychiatric adverse events of SSRIs compared to adults. SSRI Induced Activation Syndrome is a group of emotional and behavioral symptoms associated with taking SSRIs. The characteristics, prevalence, and implications of Activation syndrome have not been systematically examined in the pediatric population.
Though initially intended for adults, SSRIs are now widely prescribed to children and adolescents. Adverse side effects for the younger individuals include mania, hypomania, elevated mood, aggravation of depression, crying, irritability, anger, hypersensitivity agitation, akathisia, restlessness, nervousness, hyperactivity apathy, tremor, and “feeling spacy” odd behavior, and paranoia or other psychotic symptoms
There is a clear and considerable risk of excessive arousal or activation, and even hypomania or mania, in children and adolescents treated with SSRIs. The rates of these symptoms, even those diagnosed as mania or hypomania, are much higher than in adults with anxiety and depression.