Suicide Attempts Similar With Various Antidepressants for Children


Researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama found, in a retrospective study of increased suicidal behavior among 36,842 children who were new users of antidepressant medication, that suicidality did not differ between the various antidepressants studied. They did find, however, that users of multiple antidepressants had a concomitantly increased risk of attempting suicide.

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Cooper, W., Callahan, S., Shintani, A., Fuchs, D., et al.; Antidepressants and Suicide Attempts in Children. Pediatrics. January 6, 2014. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0923

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].