Can Children Take Antidepressants to Treat OCD?

Q:
Can children take antidepressants to treat OCD?

A:
OCD is the abbreviated form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and it occurs in both children and adults.

Antidepressants are often considered as a treatment for OCD in children and teenagers. They can be effective, but there may be some serious side effects.

According to FDA, there is a risk of increased suicidal thinking and behavior in some of those who are under 25 and are taking antidepressants.

Although some mental health experts think the warning is unnecessary, you still need to monitor your child closely when he or she is taking antidepressants.

Key words: ocd children; ocd+ children

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