What are the potential adverse effects of psychiatric treatment in children with obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Treatment of the psychiatric conditions may complicate or exacerbate problems associated with weight control, because numerous antidepressant medications, particularly tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), stimulate appetite and weight gain. Offer psychologic support to patients who have obesity, and refer these patients for psychiatric evaluation and care if evidence of psychopathology or dysfunction is present.


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