From Psychiatry at the Margins: Awais Aftab interviews Martin Plöderl, PhD, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at a public psychiatric hospital in Salzburg, Austria, whose research focus is on suicide prevention with a recent focus on the efficacy of antidepressants.
“Overall, my take is that the evidence for adults remains somewhat inconclusive. However, what can be said with quite some certainty is that antidepressants overall do not decrease suicidal behavior. Put differently, the claim that ‘antidepressants are live-saving’ is not supported by the evidence, at least not for the average patient. This is striking, given the widespread assumption that antidepressants effectively treat depression, one of the most important risk factors for suicide. A reduction of suicidal behavior should of course be expected, but we don’t see this in the studies.”
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