I’m re-posting this highly informed interpretative report about an important new finding concerning the risk of suicide for young people taking SSRI antidepressants. It should be a great reassurance for parents of adolescents on these meds. It also provides a strong cautionary note about the need for proper supervision from a mental health professional to ensure proper dosing.
A large, well-controlled pharmacoepidemiological study shows that three SSRI antidepressants do not increase suicide risk in 10- to 24-year-olds when given at the proper, recommended doses. Higher doses were associated with a 2.2-fold increase in suicide risk. No similar dose effect was seen in those age 25 to 64. read »
I’m a Mom Who Blogs About Neuroscience
In addition to being the mother of two sons, I'm a science writer, focusing on the mental health concerns that can rob a parent's much needed sleep. A little over 10 years ago, when my then 17 year-old son Alex was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I desperately needed a blog like this. In my posts, I put the latest research about child and adolescent mental health into plain talk that parents can use. You'll hear about treatment that includes therapy and medication. I have no agenda, other than mental wellness. There's plenty here also on emotional resilience, and prevention. Please ask your own questions, and I promise to do my best to find answers.
Lastly, in this blog I am speaking only for myself as an individual. The views expressed in any post or article do not represent those of my current employer, PLOS, The Public Library of Science.
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