Journal article

SSRIs and depression in children and adolescents: the imperative for shared decision-making

Sarah Hetrick, Magenta Simmons, Sally Merry

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: In the context of controversy and uncertainty about the role of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of depressive disorders in children and adolescents, we consider the evidence of the benefits and risks of this class of medication and the possible role of shared decision-making as a practical way to guide clinicians, young people and their families through treatment decisions. CONCLUSION: We suggest that there is an imperative for clinicians to engage young people in a process of shared decision-making, given the uncertainties about SSRI medication in this age group. Shared decision-making provides a way for clinicians to engage young people and ensu..

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