Statistics Chair Finds Antidepressants Safe for Children and Adolescents

Antidepressants are safe and effective for treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and major depressive disorder in children and adolescents, according to a meta-analysis of 27 major studies coauthored by Statistics Professor and Chair Satish Iyengar with colleagues in Pitt’s School of Medicine and at Ohio State University.

The findings, published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), call into question the controversial “black box” warnings placed on the drugs by the Food and Drug Administration, which say that antidepressant medications pose a small but significantly increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors for children and adolescents.