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Letters
December 15, 2004

Antidepressants and the Risk of Suicidal Behaviors

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(23):2833-2834. doi:10.1001/jama.292.23.2833-b

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.

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