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An investigative report by the BBC recently found that the number of antidepressants prescribed to children in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland has risen 24% over the past three years.

Drugs may not be the most effective way to treat depression (more of which later), but pity the children who were treated for depression before antidepressants were invented.

Read the full article on The Conversation website, written by Jeremy Howick, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. 

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