By Dr Millie Lytle
Antidepressant studies have been conducted mostly on adults, yet teens continue to be prescribed. The brain of a teenager develops until 20 years old. Introducing anti-depressant medications to developing brains may cause erratic side effects ultimately counter productive to neurotransmitter balance.
Prozac is currently the only anti-depressant still recommended for teens, and in the last 2 years at least 2 judges have ruled depressed teens committed homicide while suffering side effects from Prozac prescriptions. The problem of mental illness is not just the social stigma; the narrow-sighted treatments, where short term bandaids become toxic for the brain, is becoming equally substantial.
News (BBC) : June 9, 2003 – Seroxat SSRI no longer to be prescribed to under-18′s
News (BBC) : Sept 21, 2003 – Effexor (Venlafaxine) no longer to be precribed to under-18′s
June 19, 2003 – FDA rule Paxil not be given to under-18′s
News (Guardian) : Dec 10th, 2003- UK – All SSRI’s for under-18′s banned, save Prozac
News (Reuters): Feb 3, 2004 US -Stronger warning about anti-depressants for kids
Not to mention, teens are experimenting with street drugs, alcohol and drug cocktails, while on Prozac. They are experimenting with growth hormone and steroid or hormone injections.
Teens are also likely to eat poor diets, high in McDonalds and other depressive junk foods, low in salad and high nutrient vegetables. They over-consume brain-altering carcinogenic soft drinks with aspartame and even worse high sugar stimulant energy-beverages that deplete essential nutrients.
Even teens with mental illness must have option to alternative treatments, to which there is not a single answer. Kids need food and dietary supplements with high vitamin and mineral content. They need omega 3 fatty acids to improve structure and function of their brains. Behavioral problem kids need omega 3 supplements, and phosphatidylserine to help nourish the brain. They need love and they need Bach. And more. Not that all drugs are equal, but check out books like this for ideas: How to Raise Drug Free Kids: The Straight Dope for Parents
The brains of teenagers are starving for nourishment. Nutrients like good fat, protein and vitamins and minerals are essential to the body so they can be healthy, such as make proper neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are made by the brain from nutritional components such as amino acids or protein building blocks and B vitamins.
Everything is connected.
Xox Dr Millie