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Blaming the antidepressants

Posted by paul on June 25, 1999, at 10:12:12

In reply to Re: drug mixing; "Prozac causes suicide" rumor, posted by Elizabeth on June 24, 1999, at 20:56:10

Good job, Elizabeth, with the bibliography supporting your comments.

I think it is somewhat ironic that these antidepressants are being blamed for causing suicide. It seems that such research has shown no such causation in a statistically meaningful way. Even if there were this RARE side effect, far more suicides would occur as a result of (presumably untreated) depression.

Perhaps people are less receptive to the idea that depression "causes" suicide (after all, who could one sue?) than they are to the idea that Eli Lilly or some other company (trying to market drugs that, among other things, keep people from killing themselves) is making people do it.

By the way, Elizabeth, good follow-up to my (half-baked) comment on "self-medication" above- I agree.




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