Three-year-old siblings exposed to antidepressants in pregnancy show increased anxiety symptoms compared to their unexposed siblings.

This was found in a new study by researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), the University of Oslo and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. The study shows the importance of considering the potential long-term effects on child development when addressing the safety of antidepressant use during pregnancy.

The effect of antidepressant exposure on anxiety symptoms was controlled for important potential confounders such as genetic effects, family environment and variation in symptoms of maternal depression between the woman’s pregnancies.

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