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Doctors too quick to prescribe antidepressants: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Mar. 19, 2014

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Doctors are sometimes too quick to prescribe antidepressants to women mourning the death of their baby, new research suggests.

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The Florida State University study looked at 235 grieving parents participating in an online support group and found that 37.4% were given antidepressants, some withing a week of losing a child.

"This is simply too soon after the loss to reasonably conclude that these women need long-term treatment with antidepressants," social work professor Jeffret R. Lacasse said in a release.

Most of those women prescribed antidepressants kept taking the drugs for years afterward, the study found.

"Even though our sample is select, the data raise disturbing questions about prescribing practices for grieving parents," Lecasse said.

"We also don't know how prescribing a psychotropic drug so soon after a bereavement affects the normal process of grieving," he added. "The assumption is that it helps, but we don't know that."

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