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Black Boxes, Xboxes, and Other Current Concerns

The articles in this Special Report, although far from comprehensive, address an intriguing sample of the many key topics in child and adolescent psychiatry today. The discussion of the black-box warning applied to SSRIs is a good place to start. We are all trying to practice evidenced-based medicine and yet defining risk/benefit, even with a common condition such as adolescent depression, is no easy task. Black-box warnings are meant to reduce the risk for an individual patient as the physician decides whether to prescribe a specific medication. However, what is the impact of the black box beyond the individual?

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