A new study was just released by JAMA that shows there is a definite link between mothers using anti-depressants in pregnancy, and children being born with autism:
“This study shows that use of ADs during the second and/or third trimester is associated with an 87% increased risk of ASD, even after taking into account potential confounders; no association was observed between use of ADs during the first trimester and the risk of ASD. This increased risk was observed with the use of SSRIs only, as well as the use of more than 1 class of AD, during the second and/or third trimester. We further found that prenatal exposure to ADs during the second and/or third trimester was associated with an increased risk of ASD in children whose mothers have a history of depression.”
I personally know so many people who take anti-depressants in pregnancy, and no-one ever mentioned a word to them that it could potentially be harming their baby (this is just one of the prenatal side-affects linked to anti-depressants in pregnancy.)
I hope that as more and more of these links are found, people will start to rethink their ideas about SSRIs, and start to look for less harmful and more effective ways to counter the issue of depression (like my book ;-)
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