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Growing Up Depressed with Prozac

If mice are any indication humans will react the same way, treating them with the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) early in life helps them grow into adults with emotional problems, according to a new report.

Researchers began injecting mice with fluoxetine four days after birth until they were 21 days old. Nine weeks after their last injection, the adult animals were given a series of behavioural tests designed to assess their level of anxiety and depression.

Rodents that received the drug as newborns were more intimidated by new surroundings and moved more slowly to avoid painful shocks. In fact, one scientist observed mice were showing symptoms of anxiety and depression or emotional problems.

Pills never treat the underlying condition behind the symptoms. That's why I recommend a number of healthier, natural techniques which are far better and safer alternatives to treating depression than depending on antidepressants.

New Scientist October 26, 2004

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