A spokesperson for NHS Tayside told the Evening Telegraph the drugs could be used to treat a number of different conditions beyond their most common use as a treatment for clinical depression. She said: “Antidepressants are a type of medication used to treat clinical depression, or prevent it from recurring. “However, they can also be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, such as chronic pain and anxiety disorders.
While antidepressants have been shown to be effective in treating major depression and anxiety in children and teens, they need to be used cautiously and monitored closely to make sure there are no serious side effects. Keep in mind that antidepressant use is often temporary and may just be needed for a short time. If your child has mild depression, psychotherapy may be all she needs to help her symptoms improve. However, if the depression is severe or not responding to psychotherapy, an antidepressant may be needed to help your child live the best, and most fulfilling life that he can. If you have concerns and questions, be sure to discuss them with a mental health professional.