Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: The study by Dr Jick and colleagues1 found that “the risk of suicidal behavior is
increased in the first month after starting antidepressants, especially during
the first 1 to 9 days.” However, the larger current debate concerning
the risk of suicidal behavior associated with antidepressant treatment, which
is usually framed as a newly discovered phenomenon, appears to ignore the
history of medical literature.
Maany I. Antidepressants and the Risk of Suicidal Behaviors. JAMA. 2004;292(23):2833-2834. doi:10.1001/jama.292.23.2833-b