David Healy critiques the reanalysis by Robert Gibbons of antidepressants and suicidality in children and adolescents that was reported on this page yesterday. He points out many failures of the study, including that factors other than antidepressants account more plausibly for the changes in reported suicide rates, and that Gibbons continues to draw conclusions from his previous study that had been called “astonishing,” “misleading,” and “reckless” by the British Medical Journal and disavowed by one of its authors.
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