This course discusses the controversial relationship between antidepressants and suicidality in children and adolescents, and outlines three possible neurobiological mechanisms that might account for this adverse effect.
a). Discuss the “black box” warning for antidepressants in children and adolescents.
b). Name at least one psychosocial factor that increases an individual’s suicide risk.
c). Describe what is currently known about the link between serotonin levels and depression symptoms, including suicidal ideation.
d). List the three mechanisms the authors assert might account for SSRIs precipitating suicidal ideation.
The target audience for this event includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D, MS, MA
Material Author(s):Julia Morrison & Thomas L. Schwartz
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