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Antidepressant prescribing and suicide

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:288

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Antidepressants do not reduce suicide rates

  1. Peter H Ankarberg, clinical psychologist (
  1. Samtalscentrum Unga Vuxna, Repslagargatan 5A, S-611 30 Nyköping, Sweden

    EDITOR—Hall et al show that the biggest increase in the use of antidepressants in 1990-2000 has been in the 15-44 age group.1 Simultaneously the rate of suicide for this age span has increased in Australia. For men aged 25-34 the use of antidepressants has increased more than six times during the period and the suicide rate has increased by almost 17%.

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