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Most Common Anxiety and Depression Drugs for Adolescents Are Ineffective

Antidepressant Drugs

Story at-a-glance -

  • Thirteen out of 14 antidepressants studied did not work to relieve the symptoms of depression in children and teens
  • The antidepressant venlafaxine (brand name Effexor) increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts in the youth compared to placebo and five other antidepressants
  • In the included video, people across the globe share their stories about how benzodiazepine anxiety drugs, taken as prescribed, led to serious side effects and harm

By Dr. Mercola

Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression can be devastating to adolescents, who are already going through one of the most emotionally turbulent life stages.

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