Medical News and Perspectives
February 2, 2005

Antidepressant Warning Focuses Attention on Unmet Need for Child Psychiatrists

JAMA. 2005;293(5):537-538. doi:10.1001/jama.293.5.537

The controversial black-box warning for antidepressants describing the possible link between use of these drugs and suicide in adolescents has sparked an active debate regarding the appropriate treatment of depression in younger patients. The warning, required in the labeling of at least 32 commonly prescribed antidepressants, not only focuses attention on concerns about these medications for pediatric patients but also highlights a widening gap between the needs of the approximately 2.7 million US children and adolescents with significant depression and the nation’s relatively small number of trained child psychiatrists.

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