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Dutch academics criticise suicide claims made in American psychiatry journal

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39458.561539.DB (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:112
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

    Claims in an influential scientific journal of a link between a leap in suicides among young people in the Netherlands and a fall in prescriptions for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has been condemned in the Netherlands as “astonishing” and “misleading.”

    Researchers led by Robert Gibbons, of Illinois University in Chicago, have reported that, following warnings from regulatory authorities, SSRI prescriptions for Dutch youths decreased between 2003 and 2005 by approximately 22% (American Journal of Psychiatry 2007;164:1356-63; reported in BMJ 2007;335:531).

    During the same period, Dutch youth suicide rates increased …

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