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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Anti-depressants 'not for young'

Medication should not be readily dished out to children and young people with depression, say experts.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has ruled drugs should be considered only in moderate or severe cases.

The NHS drug watchdog said young people should first be offered a course of psychological therapy lasting for at least three months.

Campaigners say this is not happening as therapists are in short supply.

Research by the charity Sane found over 80% of young people with depression are given medication and only 6% any form of psychiatric therapy.

Interestingly, 8 of 13 high school shooters were on anti-depressants when they went on their rampages in the US


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