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I read something about children taking antidepressants, and about doctors having to be more careful about the side effects, if their patients are children. That made me really think. What is wrong with us as a society if kids need antidepressants? Do kids really take antidepressants, and why? Can't therapy help them?

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Most children who are prescribed antidepressants are older than eight, and the bulk of them has bipolar disorder, a condition that is not treatable through therapy or other non-medicated means. For this group of children, antidepressant medication is often literally a lifesaver. I am glad that it exists, though I think that children are a vulnerable group that should be kept off medication as much as possible.
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