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Do selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors cause suicide?: Risk of suicide should be assessed for whole class of antidepressants

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1148
  1. François Curtin, consultant (,
  2. Pierre Schulz, head
  1. Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit, University of Geneva, 2 Ave du Petit-Bel-Air, CH-1225 Chene-Bourg/Geneva, Switzerland

    EDITOR—Gunnell et al's report on suicide risk with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) raises several issues.1

    Firstly, clinicians have observed that the first weeks of treatment of severe depression with an antidepressant are accompanied by a higher risk of suicide because of a drug induced motor disinhibition that is …

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