By Isabel V.

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of internet.


  • Abuse or neglect
  • Breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Death of a relative or friend
  • Divorce, including a parent's divorce
  • Failing a class
  • Illness in the family
  • Job loss
  • Long-term pain
  • Social isolation (common cause of depression in the elderly)


Medication or therapy

Are antidepressants bad for children?

Antidepressants are bad for children because children end up gaining weight and feel more emotional, become more suicidal, and it has many negative side effects

Gaining weight and feel more emotional

Everyone seems to gain weight once in awhile, but for children to gain weight over a medicine they need to take doesn't seem right. Depressants cause weight gaining for people who take it and according to the article, What Side Effects Can Antidepressants Cause In Children/Adolescents stated that “common side effects experienced by children and adolescents who take antidepressants include feelings of sedation and some weight gain.” This means that children who take medication for depression end up gaining a lot of weight.


Antidepressants are suppose to help with depression and it seems like it isn't. Antidepressants can cause suicidal thinking or higher it in anyway. According to the article, Antidepressants for children and teens stated that “an extensive analysis of clinical trials showed that antidepressants may cause or worsen suicidal thinking or behavior in a small number of children and adolescents”. This is something that happens all time and many people think that antidepressants are becoming the caused in suicide.

Negative Side Effects

Every medication you take has to have some sort of effect. Antidepressants seem to have negative side effects according to the article, Antidepressants: What You Need to Know About Depression Medications it states, “side effects on antidepressants are nausea, tremors, insomnia, sweating, anxiety, sleepiness or fatigue, restlessness, dry mouth, decreased sex drive, diarrhea, dizziness, constipation, weight gain, headaches." While some side effects go away after the first few weeks of drug treatment, others persist and may even get worse and let's be honest, this is a lot of side effects for taking depressants. Adults should observe their child at all times while they're taking antidepressants.

Works Cited

Mayo Clinic Staff. "Antidepressants for Children: Explore the Pros and Cons."Antidepressants for Children: Explore the Pros and Cons (2008): n. pag. The Mayo Clinic. 18 May 2008. Web. 4 Feb. 2014. <>.

Smith, M.A., Melinda, and Jeanne Segal, Ph. D. "Antidepressants: What You Need to Know About Depression Medications." Understand, Prevent and Resolve Life's Challenges. N.p., Aug. 2008. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. <>.

"What Side Effects Can Antidepressants Cause In Children/Adolescents? - ABC News." - Breaking News, Politics, Online News, World News, Feature Stories, Celebrity Interviews and More - ABC News. N.p., 27 Feb. 2008. Web. 4 Feb. 2014. <>.