The link between antidepressants and suicide is hotly debated. Drug authorities have previously warned that antidepressants can paradoxically increase the risk of suicide in depressed children and teens. This is because the force of action comes back at the same time, especially at the beginning of the drug, as feelings of anxiety can increase.
But the recently published registry study shows that antidepressants, called SSRI drugs, can reduce the risk of suicide attempts in all age groups, according to DN and SvD.
-Our results show that the risk generally decreases during treatment, even among children and teenagers. But since this was an observational study, one cannot be sure why SSRI drugs are the cause, said Tyra Lagerberg, DN, a PhD student in epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet who led the study.
One million Swedes
The results show that the risk of suicide and suicide attempt is at most one month before starting treatment. Then, shortly after the deposit, the risk decreased sharply and then continued to decrease gradually.
About one million Swedes take antidepressant drugs, primarily called SSRIs.
The study includes data from all people aged 6 to 59 who received their first prescription for any SSRI treatment in Sweden between 2006 and 2013. There are about 540,000 people in total.