Antidepressants and suicide in Ireland
In the context of the current debate on the efficacy of
antidepressants the following may be of interest.Ireland's suicide rate
has risen threefold since antidepressants became available with the
greatest increase occurring following the introduction of the SSRIs.
Additionally, admission rates (first and readmission rates) for depressive
disorders to psychiatric units and hospitals have shown no decline (unlike
those for schizophrenia) nor has there been any decrease in length of stay
for those hospitalised for depression over these time periods.
Competing interests: No competing interests