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Prescription Drugs For Depression


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Prescription drugs for depression and anxiety are becoming more and more common with young children. In some instances, children as young as eight or nine are being prescribed antidepressants. Although these pills could help children in the short-term many people believe that the long-lasting negative effects of taking these pills at such a young age are not worth the risk.




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  • prescription (noun)
  • antidepressants (noun)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • depression (noun)
  • tablets (noun)
  • cope (verb)
  • prescribe (verb)

The Question

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Should there be an age limit on prescription drugs for depression?

Additional Questions

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  • What are the benefits of antidepressant tablets?
  • What can be the negative effects of taking antidepressant tablets?
  • Do you think children should be able to take antidepressant tablets? Why?
  • Other than antidepressant tablets, what other ways do you think can help children cope with depression?

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