By Isabel V.
What is depression?
- 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)
Are antidepressants bad for children?
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.
Negative Side Effects
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. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/teen-depression/in-depth/antidepressants/ART-20047502>.
Smith, M.A., Melinda, and Jeanne Segal, Ph. D. "Antidepressants: What You Need to Know About Depression Medications." Helpguide.org: Understand, Prevent and Resolve Life's Challenges. N.p., Aug. 2008. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. <http://www.helpguide.org/mental/medications_depression.htm>.
"What Side Effects Can Antidepressants Cause In Children/Adolescents? - ABC News."ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Politics, Online News, World News, Feature Stories, Celebrity Interviews and More - ABC News. N.p., 27 Feb. 2008. Web. 4 Feb. 2014. <http://abcnews.go.com/Health/DepressionTreatment/story?id=4409687>.