SSRIs and Depression (cont.)
Who Should Use These Medications With Caution?
- Individuals with bipolar disorder
(manic depression) since SSRIs may induce manic episodes
- Children and adolescents with depression seem to experience the rare potential side effect of experiencing an acute (suddenly and severely) worsening of depression compared to adults. That can potentially result in suicidal or homicidal thoughts, plans, or acts. Despite this rare occurrence, the benefits of using SSRIs to treat child and adolescent depression has been found to outweigh the risks.
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