Do selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors cause suicide?: Suicide rate of 15% in editorial is misleading

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1150-a (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1150
  1. Melissa K Raven, lecturer, public health (melissa.raven{at}flinders.edu.au)
  1. Flinders University, Bedford Park, SA 5042, Australia

    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?


    • Competing interests None declared


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