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Re: News - Antidepressants Vindicated?

Posted by linkadge on September 8, 2007, at 21:50:01

In reply to News - Antidepressants Vindicated?, posted by jrbecker76 on September 8, 2007, at 21:40:40

Eh? I'm not sure. People have been trying to heal the black box warning wound for a while.

Just because suicides went up after the reduction in antidepressant use, doesn't mean that antidepressants were reducing suicide.

It could be a negative placebo effect at work, whereby patients precieve the warning has reduced their options (which is has in a way).

So, if I was young and suicidal, hearing that antidepressants might lead to suicide might make me feel more hopless.

So it may not actually the fact that fewer younger people are taking antidepressants that leads to more suicides, more that the preception of the situation leads to more suicides.


It could be that antidepressants cause more suicides than placebo, but that both antidepressant and placebo still reduce the rate of suicide. So taking a patient off an antidepressant increases the risk of suicide similar to taking a patient off placebo.





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