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Treating major depression in children and adolescents

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:525

Depressed adolescents may lose out

  1. Kenneth D Shenderey, senior partner in general practice (
  1. Medical Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS14 6DX

    EDITOR—Ramchandani discusses the treatment of major depressive disorder in children and adolescents.1 The conclusion of the Committee on Safety of Medicines is based on two premises: lack of effectiveness and increased risk of suicide.

    None of the evidence stacks up. …

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