Depression

1Q: What questions does Julie, the author’s patient, have about the long-term effects of taking antidepressants?                                                                                                                                                                           1A: How could have the drugs affected her psychological development and core identity.
2Q: What does it mean that “depression is often a chronic, recurring illness”?                                                                   2A: Many younger people are beginning to take antidepressants.
3Q: How do the risks of taking antidepressants compare with the risks of not taking them?                                              3A: The risk of taking antidepressants is very slim, and after the risks of suicide attempts decreased, so did the risk of the treatment.                                                                                                                                                                                  4Q: Why aren’t the available studies of antidepressants helpful in determining the drugs’ long-term effects, especially on those who begin treatment in their youth?                                                                                                    4A: No one knows about the effects of antidepressants in younger individuals.                                                                                                                          
5Q: Why is the public skeptical about research done by drug makers? 5A: There is no proof of the drug being a long-term threat to it’s patients.                                                                                                                                                          6Q: What does the author suggest as one possible approach to the lack of reliable long-term studies of the effects of antidepressants?                                                                                                                                                                      6A: No one has enough information on  the affects on antidepressant treatment in younger patients.

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