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Study links antidepressants, developmental delay

Babies born to mothers who took antidepressants classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors show delayed speech development, according to a study cited in Medpage Today.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver published their findings in PNAS Early Edition.

They found that infants whose mothers had untreated clinical depression during pregnancy showed delayed speech development, characterized by an inability to discriminate non-native language at 6 months. At 10 months, however, they ...

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Psychologists’ group promoting alternatives to antidepressants

The American Psychological Association has produced new videos urging people to consider trying psychotherapy before going on antidepressants.

A CBS News report about the videos says that approximately one out of 10 Americans reports having depression. U.S. doctors prescribed $9.9 billion worth of antidepressants in 2009, which represents a 3 percent increase from 2008.

Yet one-third of Americans taking one antidepressant medication and less than one-half of those taking multiple antidepressants have seen ...

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Survey: Antidepressants not the only treatment

Consumer Reports conducted a survey about antidepressant use, compiling answers from 1,500 respondents. According to an article accompanying the survey results, the findings contradict the implications of antidepressant advertisements, which imply that pills are the only answer for serious depression or anxiety disorders and that they work for everyone.

The survey found that rates of reported side effects among people taking antidepressants were higher than those reported in studies funded by drug ...

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Panelists question antidepressant use

During a panel discussion on clinical depression at Marquette University in Wisconsin, some participants speculated that antidepressants might be over-prescribed.

An article about the event in the Marquette Tribune says one of the panel participants was Katherine Sharpe, the author of “Coming of Age on Zoloft.” Sharpe, who was first prescribed Zoloft when she was in college, questions whether the widespread practice of medical professionals automatically prescribing antidepressants harms the emotional development ...

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Research may aid treatment of depression

According to a Reuters story, scientists have identified biological markers in the blood that may eventually help doctors match patients to the best type of treatment for depression.

The story says major depression affects around 20 percent of people at some point in their lives, and the World Health Organization predicts it will soon rival heart disease as the health disorder with the highest global disease burden.

But up to now, treatment has ...

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Study: Antidepressants raise accident risk

According to a story in the Daily Mail, a study from the University of Taiwan finds that taking common antidepressants increases the risk of automobile accidents.

Researchers found those taking a common group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors were 72 percent more at risk.

This isn’t the first time that a study has identified a safety risk associated with taking SSRI antidepressants. A number of studies have linked SSRI antidepressants ...

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