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Letters to the Editor
January 2013

Suicide Risk and Efficacy of Antidepressant Drugs

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Pacific Behavioral Research Foundation, Carmel, California.

JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(1):123-125. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.756

In their reports1,2 addressing the black box warning about antidepressant drugs and suicide risk, Gibbons et al conducted risk/efficacy reanalyses of selected data sets. They concluded that

no significant effects of treatment on suicidal thoughts and behavior were found. . . . No evidence of increased suicide risk was observed in youths receiving active medication.1(p580)

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