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Family court judge “ashamed” that NHS cannot find bed for suicidal teenager

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3767 (Published 04 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3767

Re: Family court judge “ashamed” that NHS cannot find bed for suicidal teenager

This honorable judge should be informed that antidepressants are ineffective in teenagers, and might double the risk of suicide and aggression.
All depressed patients are at risk of suicide, but there exist no valid methods to predict when it will occur.
Does this judge propose to hospitalize ALL severely depressed teenagers?
And if so, which pharmacological therapies should be used, during that forced hospitalization?
References
http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i3234
http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i545
http://www.bmj.com/content/332/7542/626.4

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 August 2017
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Kalamaria, Thessaloniki, Greece