Certain antidepressants may double risk of suicidal thoughts

By WEEK Producer

April 28, 2014 Updated Apr 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM CDT

Studies have shown that certain antidepressants called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRI's, may increase suicidal thoughts or behaviors but now we are learning the SSRI’s might double the risk.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studied data from more than 162,000 people with depression.

Their new research suggests high doses of these common depression drugs may double the risk of a child or adolescent harming themselves.

They also found that most of the deliberate self-harm by children and adolescents happened within the first three months of treatment.

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