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Childhood adversity and risk of suicide: cohort study of 548 721 adolescents and young adults in Sweden

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1334 (Published 19 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1334

Sadly, childhood adversity is often managed with antidepressants

Recent evidence reveals that administered antidepressants actually increase suicide risks by 2-5 times. [2][3][4][5][6][9]
A recent meta-analysis, level I evidence, clearly demonstrated that SSRIs double the risk of suicide and violence in adults. [4]
Furthermore, antidepressants increase all cause mortality by 33%! [10][11]
All pharmaceutical Companies must be obbliged to incude these warnings in every antidepressant preparation sold.
Another meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has found that even patients with the most severe depression can expect to get as much benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as those with less severe symptoms. [7]
Even Behavioural Activation effectively decreases depressive symptoms. [8]
References
[1] http://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i6761
[2] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0141076816666805
[3] http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g3510
[4] http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i65
[5] http://nordic.cochrane.org/sites/nordic.cochrane.org/files/public/upload...
[6] http://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i6103
[7] http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/210/3/190.long
[8] http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j914
[9] http://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3697/rr-4
[10] http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/antidepressants-associated-with-sig...
[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28903117

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 October 2017
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Hellas