Higher Doses of Antidepressants and Increased Suicidal Behavior in Youth

Children and young adults twice as likely to try to hurt themselves if they are prescribed more than recommended dose of antidepressants

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Children and young adults twice as likely to try to hurt themselves if they are prescribed more than recommended dose of antidepressants.

Following the University of Liverpool study on the psychological side-effects of anti-depressants found worse than thought, the journal of the American Medical Association, published the findings of another study on patients with depression assessed for prospective risk for deliberate self-harm (suicide attempt).

Young patients aged 10 to 24 years who began treatment with higher-than-recommended doses of antidepressants were more than twice as likely to try to harm themselves as those who were initially treated with the same drugs at lower, recommended doses – while there was no such effect found in patients aged 25 to 64 years.

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