May 20, 2022 at 6:53 am

NHS Stats Reflect 41% Increase in Prescribing Antidepressants to Children ages 5-12

The Pharmaceutical Journal reports that NHS data shows there’s been a 41% increase in the number of children aged 5–12 years who were prescribed antidepressants in the last six years. Yet withdrawal problems including akathisia are seldom discussed prior to prescription.

Kristen Shukla, a child psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS, states, “The difficulties with withdrawing from these drugs has only more recently been acknowledged. There is a very high risk that children who start taking these drugs when very young will continue taking them for many years and into adulthood.” Read the full article at