Scary studies linking antidepressant use during pregnancy with an increased autism risk in babies may have scared some pregnant women off of the medications, but a new Massachusetts General Hospital study provides some comforting news. The heightened autism risk associated with antidepressant use is likely due to the severity of the depression itself, rather than the medications.

But the study did find an alarming 80% increased risk in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder that was associated with a child’s exposure to antidepressants in the womb.

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