This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

September 6, 2007

Youth Suicides Increased As Antidepressant Use Fell

From 2003 to 2004, the suicide rate among Americans younger than 19 rose 14 percent, the most dramatic one-year change since the government started collecting suicide statistics in 1979, the study found. The rise followed a sharp decrease in the prescribing of antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil after parents and physicians were confronted by a barrage of warnings from the Food and Drug Administration and international agencies.

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