Youth and Antidepressants: Follow-Up

A week ago I posted about a new CDC finding that suicide rates among Americans ages 10-24 shot up an estimated 8-10 percent from 2003 to 2004. A study in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggested that this rise was directly related to that year’s drop in prescriptions for antidepressants for teens, prompted by concerns that antidepressants might actually induce suicidal behavior in adolescents. Some experts, however, weren’t persuaded by the Journal‘s study. Today the New York Times is running a follow-up piece casting further doubt on the causal link between prescription rates and suicide statistics. The upshot, as the reporters explain, is that “many uncertainties remain.”


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