Study: Child Antidepressant Use Down
But Decline Corresponds With Suicide Increase
18% Rise in Suicides
Just two months ago, the CDC reported that suicide rates among children and
teens rose by more than 18% during 2004.
David Shern, PhD, president of the patient advocacy group Mental Health
America, tells WebMD that the 2004 FDA hearings did not include enough
discussion about the dangers of failing to prescribe antidepressants to
depressed children and adolescents.
Now we see an increase in suicides following years of declines,” he says.
“We are not in the position to draw causal inferences, but this gives us good
reason to pause and be concerned.”