The Journal of the American Medical Association is showing that antidepressant drugs taken while pregnant may cause more children to develop autism.
Antidepressants, specifically SSRI’s alter the normal hormone balance in the brain and may be causing children to develop with abnormalities in their brains that eventually lead to the development of autism.
With many safer alternatives to taking drugs for depression, it’s time we start focussing on the cause of depression and choose alternatives that can not only help the person suffering but also protect their unborn child!
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Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children