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STUDY: Antidepressants may increase autism risk

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Taking antidepressants during pregnancy may increase your child’s risk of autism, especially if the baby is a boy, a new study suggests.

Researchers looked at data from 966 mothers and their children.

Kids who were exposed to SSRIs, also known as antidepressants, in utero were more likely to have autism or another developmental delay.

The researchers also distinguished between the sexes; boys with an autism spectrum disorder were three times as likely to have been exposed to SSRIs than typically developing children.

But the risk of autism remains low, study authors say, and letting depression go untreated could have other serious consequences.


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