ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND TEEN SUICIDE
ANCHOR LEAD: IS THE UPSURGE IN TEEN SUICIDES DUE TO DECREASED USE OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The number of teen suicides has increased for the first time in many years, recent federal data reveal. Mark Riddle, chair of child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, says the fact that the FDA has effectively reduced prescribing of the most commonly used antidepressant medications in children at the same time is more than coincidental.
RIDDLE: With rare events, like suicide in teens, it is very hard to say anything definitive. It’s very hard to do the research that would allow you to say, cause and effect can be determined. But it’s quite interesting that this increase occurred during the year after the FDA put the highest level of precaution, the black box, on prescribing of antidepressants to youngsters. :27 :27
Riddle cautions parents that all suicidal thinking and attempts in children should be taken seriously and that antidepressants should be used when appropriate. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.