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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
That's right. Say it one more time. They're called SSRIs, and they're a class of drugs like Prozac, and they're being prescribed increasingly for children.
Mary Crowley writes, "A decade after depressed adults started listening to Prozac, a generation of children is tuning in .... According to the research firm IMS America, children age 6 to 18 received 735,000 SSRI prescriptions in 1996 - an increase of 80 percent in just two years. Looking at those numbers, some experts worry that we've embarked on a large and dangerous experiment. Others applaud the trend as our best hope of saving children from lives of despair" ("Do Kids Need Prozac?" Newsweek, October 20, 1997).
One 7-year-old describes his life when an unexpected depression settled on him. "I lost interest in everything. I just sat in my room and thought about how horrible life was."
These are not thoughts kids should be having at 7 years of age! Does the gospel have anything to say ...