Do selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors cause suicide?: Suicide rate of 15% in editorial is misleadingBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1150-a (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1150
EDITOR—Cipriani et al in their editorial make many sound points about the risks and benefits of antidepressants.1 However, they say that up to 15% of patients with unipolar depression eventually commit suicide. This implies that 15% is a reasonable estimate, rather than a gross overestimate based on very unrepresentative samples.
How many casual readers will be misled by this statement, which reinforces a stubbornly persistent myth?
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