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Dr. Mark Olfson Reacts to New Study Findings on Suicide and Warnings: Reuters

Antidepressant Warnings Tied to Suicide Attempts in Youth
June 19, 2014

A move by U.S. health officials to warn the public of an increased risk of suicidal thoughts among young people taking antidepressants was actually associated with an increase in suicide attempts, suggests a new study.



It could be that doctors avoided prescribing those medications after media reports of the warnings and children and teens with depression went untreated, researchers suggest in the medical journal BMJ...

Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, cautioned that poisoning from psychiatric drugs may not be an accurate representation of suicide attempts, however.

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