3/5/2004

The agency estimates a record number of prescriptions, about 11 million, were written for antidepressants for children in 2002, and about 2.7 million of those were for children 11 and younger. Mental health researchers cite two seemingly contradictory explanations for the trend of increasing use: disorders are better diagnosed and treated than before; and millions of children who don't need them are taking antidepressants.

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