n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Antidepressants and suicide in children and adolescents : a storm in a teacup? editorial

Volume 10, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



Extracted from text ... Paediatric psychopharmacology has entered a new and exciting era, with a substantial increase in the number of randomised controlled trials in paediatric mood and anxiety disorders. Although not a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I have followed the recent controversies and negative press surrounding antidepressants and self-harming behaviours in youth with keen interest, particularly given the manner in which regulatory authorities have taken stock of the available evidence to answer the deceptively simple question: 'Are antidepressants associated with increased suicidality?' Why is this an issue now? The idea of SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)- associated suicidality first came to light ..

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