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49 Percent More Preschoolers are Taking Antidepressants

The use of antidepressants continues to grow by about 10 percent each year among children and adolescents and the fastest growing segment is preschoolers aged 0-5 years. Use among girls in this age group doubled and use among boys grew by 64 percent from 1998 to 2002. Altogether, this represents a 49 percent increase. You can read this past article about antidepressants causing suicides in kids to find out why this is such a concerning increase, particularly when there are other treatment options.

New York Times April 2, 2004

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