As long as parents are "looking for a miracle" (as the parents in the article put it), and as long as doctors are making quick & easy profits, no one has any motivation to look into the *behavioral* and *alternative* treatments for depression available. Of course, as the article also says, many of the things which *cause* teenagers to be depressed are considered "unchangeable" (when in actuality they are NOT.)
|This is criminal. The parents should have sued the doctor as well
While they're at it, they should sue themselves, for not paying enough attention to what was happening to their kid after they moved across town into their shiny new house because "Mark was doing so well."
They ripped the son out of an environment where he was popular and doing well, and dropped him into a place where he had no friends and had trouble being accepted. That's difficult when you're twelve years old. That kid started going down the tubes almost immediately after the move. He was throwing off almost every kind of "child in distress" warning, from getting into trouble to having his grades go to pot.
These parents are consumed with guilt because they know they did this. Them lashing out at drug companies and doctors is just their way of trying to deflect blame that they know is theirs. What was needed here was some parenting. And they didn't do it. They just watched the kid go down the tubes, and finally turned to a doctor in desperation.
None of this has anything to do with the general case of adolescents and SSRI's; I'm not a doctor and I won't play one on the Internet. But this particular case sounds to me to be more about parents who were more concerned about their material well-being and status than they were about the emotional and spiritual well-being of their child. They've got an "Always an A-B student" suddenly put into a "special needs class." Hello? Earth to Mom and Dad! Danger Will Robinson! Whoop! Whoop! What do they do? Schedule something for the Summer, when it would be more convenient... for them. Oh yeah, this was all the fault of those nasty drug companies. Feh.