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CHILDREN as young as one have been prescribed antidepressants by NHS Tayside, the Tele can reveal.
Figures obtained by the Tele show hundreds of children have been given mood-altering drugs by GPs and hospitals.
At least 450 under-18s were given antidepressants between January and May this year alone — the youngest among them being a seven-year-old girl.
In 2014, meanwhile, a one-year-old boy was given a prescription.
A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said that the drugs could be used for people who have a number of different conditions.
She said: “Antidepressants are a type of medication used to treat clinical depression, or prevent it from recurring. However, they can also be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, such as chronic pain and anxiety disorders. If appropriate for individual patients, antidepressants are prescribed and often used in combination with therapy to treat more severe depression, or other mental health conditions caused by emotional distress. Alternative treatments for depression include talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling. Regular exercise has also been shown to be useful for those with mild depression. If young people are not feeling themselves, feeling down, or experiencing a low mood, it is important that they seek support by talking to someone they trust, such as their parents, friends, GP, or a support service, such as The Corner.”
The most common age group to be given the prescriptions is between 14 and 17.
Girls are more likely to be given antidepressants than boys, NHS Tayside said.
Nick Harrop, campaigns manager at YoungMinds, said:
“Antidepressants can have a place in treating some mental health conditions among young people but they should never be the only course of action. It’s important to have a balanced approach to treatment, combining a range of therapies to ensure that the person has the best possible chance of recovery. It’s also important that children and parents have comprehensive information about the effects that antidepressants can have.”
OH MY GOOD GOD!
WTF are the Doctors playing at? WTF are the parents playing at?!
NEVER GIVE YOUR CHILD ANTIDEPRESSANTS!! *E V E R*
If they are sad/depressed TAKE THEM TO THE FUKIN PARK & BUY THEM ICE CREAM GOD DAMN IT! READ THEM STORIES, PLAY WI THEM, BAKE FUKIN FAIRY CAKES!!! FIX WHATEVER IS MAKING THEM SAD!! DON’T PUMP THEM FULL O SHITE!
I might actually burst a blood vessel!
23rd Aug 2016
A one-year-old boy was prescribed antidepressants by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), it has emerged.NHS Tayside in Dundee, Scotland, prescribed the medication to the child in 2014, according to figures obtained by the Dundee Evening Telegraph.
The Trust prescribed anti-depressants to 450 children over a five-month period between January and May this year.
Figures reveal the most common age group to be given antidepressants were children aged between 14 and 17 and that girls are more likely to be prescribed the drug than boys.
Although very young children are sometimes prescribed antidepressants for problems including bed-wetting and chronic pain, NHS guidelines state that under 18s should not be given the drug.
“Antidepressants are a type of medication used to treat clinical depression, or prevent it from recurring. However, they can also be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, such as chronic pain and anxiety disorders,” a spokesperson for NHS Tayside said.
“If appropriate for individual patients, antidepressants are prescribed and often used in combination with therapy to treat more severe depression, or other mental health conditions caused by emotional distress”
She added: “Alternative treatments for depression include talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling. Regular exercise has also been shown to be useful for those with mild depression.”
Nearly half of all Britons are taking prescription medication on a regular basis according to figures produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
According to the HSCIC, 50 percent of women and 43 percent of men are taking specialized drugs to combat physical and mental illnesses, with cholesterol-lowering statins and antidepressants among the most common drugs taken. Source RT
- At least 450 children given anti-depressants at NHS Tayside this year
- Most common age group for the prescriptions is between 14 and 17
- Girls are more likely to be given the mood-altering drugs than boys
- Number of teens given anti-depressants rose by 54 per cent since 2005
A one-year-old boy was prescribed anti-depressants by the NHS, shocking figures have revealed.
Health bosses at NHS Tayside, in Dundee, claim at least 450 children were given the mood-altering drugs between January and May this year alone.
The youngest among them was a seven-year-old girl.
- One-year-old prescribed antidepressants by NHS in Scotland Independent
- Baby boy aged just ONE prescribed anti-depressants Mirror
- Boy aged one put on drugs that fight depression TheHerald