SSRI Antidepressants and increase in autism risk
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|Fri, 07-15-2011 - 12:03pm|
The newspaper said that two huge studies have been completed on autism, showing 1 - there is a genetic component and 2 - there is an environmental component - even before birth.
One of those environmental components is the mother using an SSRI antidepressant anytime during the year before birth.
That means - before she even knew she was pregnant? Really???
I was not on one, but there are so many many people who are, and for many people, the withdrawal from them make it exceedingly difficult to get off them. And they seem to be prescribed like candy. In fact, one psychiatrist I know referred to them "like nothing - no big deal."
I have another thought though.... that MAYBE, MAYBE it is NOT the SSRI causing the autism, but whatever the underlying physical problem was that was causing the symptom of depression to begin with. Maybe that is the underlying environmental factor - whether it is the hormone disruption from plastics, lack of nutrients, use of antibiotics without probiotics, etc. etc.
I wonder what others think. Do you think they got it right that it is the SSRIs themselves, or it runs deeper than that -- a deeper underlying problem? The article did not mention that.