Benefits of Antidepressants Outweigh Risk of Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents

A new analysis adds to the evidence that antidepressants are effective in young people, prompting some to renew questions about a ‘black box’ warning required on the drugs since 2004.

The most comprehensive survey yet finds that the benefits of antidepressants outweigh the risks in children and teens during the first few months of treatment. The finding comes three years after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered pharmaceutical companies to put black warning labels—the strongest possible—on antidepressants cautioning that the drugs may increase the risk of suicidal behavior in kids.” (Scientific American)