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Re: antidepressants and suicide SLS

Posted by Larry Hoover on July 16, 2004, at 14:36:29

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now Larry Hoover, posted by SLS on July 14, 2004, at 7:06:34

> > I've been studying the literature, and plan to write a review article on the subject of antidepressants and suicide.
> I look forward to reading it (as much as my depression will allow). Where will you be submitting it?

I was going to do it for my own edification. I hadn't even thought of publication. Ya think I should post it here?

> > Overall, suicide rates are declining, while SSRI prescription rates are increasing. There are two distinct effects, but the summary statistic is that suicides are reduced by SSRIs, notwithstanding temporary increases in susceptibility.
> I know. Even if antidepressants do exacerbate depression in vulnerable individuals, the net effect of their use in the general population is, thankfully, a reduction in the rate of suicide. However, beyond the bottom line of the *interpretation* of statistics is the fact that these drugs do lead to the commission of suicide in certain individuals who would not have done so were they not to have been treated with a provocative medication. Everyone *must* recognize the fact that there exists such a thing as IATROGENIC SUICIDE. Hopefully, this can be accomplished without using any one drug unjustifiably as a scapegoat.

I think we're in the process of remedying the situation, right now. It is wholly improper for a doctor to prescribe e.g. an SSRI, and then do nothing more than make an appointment for three months hence.

> I am very glad to see that you have chosen to come back. I only wish that I could read the volume of the posts you write.
> - Scott

Well, after your post on Admin, I had reason for second thoughts. :-)





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