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Should my child take antidepressants for their eating disorder?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Antidepressants have only been shown to be effective in treating depression associated with eating disorders and not the eating disorder itself. There has been some controversy about the safety of antidepressants in children as well. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class of antidepressant medications, have been shown in some studies to increase suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. However, other studies have shown no increased risk of suicide in children taking SSRIs. It is important that you discuss your child's treatment thoroughly with their doctor to ensure that they have the most appropriate treatment for their symptoms.

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