Antidepressant warnings tied to suicide attempts in youths

June 19, 2014 5:22 AM

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Antidepressant warnings tied to suicide attempts in youths

A move by US 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.

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