Success: SSRI drugs increase risk of language and cognition deficits in children exposed in utero

Children whose mothers had depression and took serotonergic antidepressants during pregnancy have an increased risk of deficits in language and cognition, compared to children of mothers who had depression during pregnancy and did not take antidepressants, according to findings in a new University of Manitoba study published today in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Over 10 percent of women are prescribed antidepressants during pregnancy with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, said lead author Dr. Deepa Singal, an adjunct researcher at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

Despite the widespread use of SSRIs/SNRIs in pregnancy, she said, “There is little research looking at the effects of these drugs on the long-term brain development of children exposed to these drugs in utero.”…

Is psychopathy a prerequisite for entry to medical school?   I mean seriously, does a medical diploma eliminate all moral and ethical restraints on doctors?

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