Taking antidepressants before and during pregnancy may raise the odds of autism spectrum disorder in children, a recent review showed. The study found that children born to mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy had an 81% increased odds of developing autism.
According to the World Health Organization, depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability, affecting an estimated 322 million people worldwide, including over 16 million Americans. Rates of depression increased by 18% globally between 2005 and 2015. 11% over age 12 in the US are on antidepressant drugs.