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Growing Up on Antidepressants

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Growing Up on Antidepressants

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Antidepressants are among the most widely prescribed drugs for teenagers. Taken over many years, do they have an effect on emotional development? Drs. Richard Friedman and Norman Rosenthal discuss the physical and psychological effects of taking antidepressants long-term.

Friedman is a professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and recently wrote an op-ed in The New York Times titled "Who Are We? Coming of Age on Antidepressants."

He writes that his 31-year-old patient, Julie, once told him: "I've grown up on medication. I don't have a sense of who I really am without it."

Rosenthal, the author of Winter Blues, has studied anti-depressants for more than 25 years and is medical director of Capital Clinical Research Associates.

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