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  •  About the antidepressant/suicide link (6+ / 0-)
    Buried in the FDA/GSK release is an astounding fact:
    Depressed people are 6.4 times more likely to become suicidal while taking an antidepressant than while taking a sugar pill (2).
    I couldn't find that block quoted section in the linked document. However, I did a search and found both that text (including the footnote number) and the lead-in sentence, verbatim, in an article by Peter Breggin. The footnote makes it clear that the comparison does not only refer to suicide attempts, but also to suicidal ideation, and it doesn't show how what the relative rates for sucessful suicide are.
    [2] Among depressed adults taking Paxil, 0.32% displayed suicidal thoughts or behaviors compared to 0.05% among depressed adults taking placebo.
    Also, this only refers to Paxil, not all antidepressants.

    I think you should edit this and attribute the quoted text to Dr. Breggin.

    "Let's do this!" - Leeroy Jenkins

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:04:23 AM PST

    •  I thought I had, I'll fix it when I get home. (8+ / 0-)

      Or if I get a chance between customers this day.

      Thank you, I was reformatting the links and some I put in the blocked quoted section and I thought it was a repeat and might have deleted it.

      I'll find it and correct it as soon as I can.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:52:39 AM PST

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      •  Thanks. (3+ / 0-)
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        Also, some might want to look at this research.

        Results: Suicide attempt rates were lower among patients who were treated with antidepressants than among those who were not, with a statistically significant odds ratio for SSRIs and tricyclics. For SSRIs versus no antidepressant, this effect was significant in all adult age groups. Suicide attempt rates were also higher prior to treatment than after the start of treatment, with a significant relative risk for SSRIs and for non-SSRIs. For SSRIs, this effect was seen in all adult age groups and was significant in all but the 18–25 group.
        Conclusions: These findings suggest that SSRI treatment has a protective effect in all adult age groups. They do not support the hypothesis that SSRI treatment places patients at greater risk of suicide.

        "Let's do this!" - Leeroy Jenkins

        by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:17:20 AM PST

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        •  Thanks, I read through it later, n/t (1+ / 0-)
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          -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

          by gerrilea on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:23:40 AM PST

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