According to a recent research conducted by the Denmark researchers, giving anti-depressants to children and youth can double the risk of aggression and suicidal tendencies.
They, however, found no significant association between anti-depressants and suicide and aggression in adults.
The team carried out a study with 18,526 patients to examine the use of anti-depressants and associated serious harms.
The study recommends “minimal use of anti-depressants in children and young adults as the serious harms seem to be greater, and as their effect seems to be below what is clinically relevant,” and suggests alternative treatments such as exercise or psychotherapy.
They also call for the need to identify “hidden information in clinical study reports to form a more accurate view of the benefits and harms of drugs.”
The study was published in BMJ.