Do Antidepressants Increase Risk of Adult Suicide?

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From From Insults to Respect: It is commonly assumed that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in children and young adults, but not in adults past the age of 24. However, a recent study on the effects of antidepressants on healthy volunteers without any history of mental illness calls this assumption into question.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. BMJ.
    Antidepressants and Suicide in Ireland

    “..In the context of the current debate on the efficacy of antidepressants the following may be of interest.Ireland’s suicide rate
    has risen threefold since antidepressants became available with the
    greatest increase occurring following the introduction of the SSRIs.

    Additionally, admission rates (first and readmission rates) for depressive
    disorders to psychiatric units and hospitals have shown no decline (unlike
    those for schizophrenia) nor has there been any decrease in length of stay
    for those hospitalised for depression over these time periods….”

    Competing interests:
    None declared

    Competing interests: No competing interests

    21 July 2004
    Dermot Walsh
    Research Psychiatrist
    Health Research Board, Dublin

    SOURCE:-
    Clinical Review
    Antidepressants and suicide: what is the balance of benefit and harm
    BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7456.34 (Published 01 July 2004)
    Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:34

  2. This was known back in 1987. Prozac was banned in Germany initially for this very reason – suicide plus aggression. I think in Italy as well. The rest is all smokescreen. There is no question that SSRIs increase suicidal and homicidal thoughts in a small proportion of users.