Health: Kids And Depression

Drugs carry risks, but they can work wonders. What the new studies show

Suffering from severe depression yourself is bad enough. The smallest effort seems huge; feeling happy, or even content, is impossible to imagine. Things can get so bad that suicide may seem the only rational course. But it's almost worse when your child is depressed. Watching someone you love go through such misery is agonizing. You would do anything to help.

But figuring out what to do has grown more confusing. One of the best tools for fighting depression is the so-called SSRI class of drugs, including Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. But evidence has been mounting that these relatively safe medications...

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