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New Study Shows Elevated Rate of Teen Suicide

Columbia Researchers Long Troubled By Drop in Antidepressant Use
September 2, 2008

An article in today's Wall Street Journal brings new attention to the issue of suicide risk and antidepressant use following the FDA's black box warning, which "link the drugs to suicidal thoughts and behavior in young people," according to the journal.

Columbia University Medical Center psychologist, Kelly Posner, had helped analyze data on suicide and antidperessants at the FDA's request. In response to a new study showing a link between an increased rate of suicides and decreased antidepressant use, Dr. Kelly said "We've seen this increase as soon as these warnings started, and it is what we were most worried about. If you look at the whole evidence puzzle, it points in one direction -- antidepressants save lives."

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