ADHD study flags pre-natal use of antidepressants
Children born to women who took antidepressants during pregnancy are statistically likelier to develop the mental disorder called ADHD, researchers said on Tuesday. ADHD is a condition blamed for severe and frequent bouts of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity, often leading to problems in socialising and education. Reporting in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a team led by Roy Perlis at the Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the medical background of 1,377 children in New England who had been diagnosed with autism and 2,243 who had been diagnosed with ADHD. Taking antidepressants during pregnancy was associated with the risk of autism in the offspring, the study found, although this link faded away once a maternal history of severe depression was taken into account.
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