Home Health Parents News Now Study: Antidepressants May Not Help Autistic Kids Study: Antidepressants May Not Help Autistic Kids By Holly Lebowitz Rossi April 24, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB ellipsis More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comment Study: Antidepressants May Not Help Autistic Kids 29619 The drugs, which include popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are sometimes used to treat repetitive behaviors in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). "The main issue to emphasize is that SSRIs are perhaps not as effective at treating repetitive behaviors as previously thought. Further research will help confirm these findings in the long run," said Melisa Carrasco, the study's lead author, in an email. For their analysis, Carrasco, a researcher at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her colleagues examined PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov for randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trials -- considered the gold standard in medical research -- supporting the use of SSRIs and similar antidepressants in children with autism. Image: Prescription pad, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB ellipsis More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comment Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Study: Antidepressants May Not Help Autistic Kids Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.