Study finds that “teen depression” increases risk of violence … so they should all be treated with more drugs that cause violence instead?

by Tracey Watson , Natural News

A recent study, led by Professor Seena Fazel of the University of Oxford’s Forensic Psychiatry Group in the U.K., and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), has found that adolescents battling depression are more likely to commit violent acts.

While the actual increase in risk is relatively modest – 7.1 percent of those with depression are convicted of violent crimes, compared to 3.6 percent of those who are not suffering with depression – the medical community and mainstream media are likely to view the study as a greenlight to medicate even more young people with dangerous antidepressant medications like serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). (Related: Stay up-to-date on the most important developments in mental health at Psychiatry.news)

The research team examined the links between adolescent depression and violent acts in later life for three sample groups from the Netherlands, Finland and the United Kingdom. Both self-reporting and clinical diagnoses were included for data purposes, and the violence was measured in terms of actual official convictions as well as self-reported incidents of violence.

“We know that high rates of depression have been reported among adolescents in juvenile detention and correctional facilities (e.g.,11% in boys and 29% in girls),” said Dr. Rongqin Yu, a lead researcher on the team. “However, the longitudinal link between depression and violence was unclear. Our longitudinal design allowed us to take into account previous violence, enabling us to test whether adolescent depression is associated with changes in violence over time. We found a consistent pattern of increased risk of later violence across samples. Both depression and violence are prevalent in adolescents and young adults; our findings indicate the importance of early detection and treatment of depression.” [Emphasis added]

While it is important to recognize that untreated feelings of unhappiness and isolation among young people can lead to violent acts in adulthood, the “early detection and treatment of depression” should not involve the use of dangerous antidepressants.

A 2015 article in The New York Times reported that, contrary to the manufacturing company’s own safety studies, an independent analysis of the SSRI drug Paxil, published in the British Medical Journal, found that it is neither safe nor effective for teenagers.

 

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