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A 21-year-old male asked:

how antidepressants could contribute to suicide in depressed patients?or how they increase the risk?

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Dr. Cathleen London
Family Medicine 26 years experience
When initiating: The potential increased risk of suicide is when first starting antidepressants. Many theories exist. Antidepressants affect brain chemistry in ways not fully understood and it is something in this activity that can, in some people, increase suicidality.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Do antidepressants reduce the rate at which depressed people commit suicide?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Yes antidepressants can reduce rates of suicide, but in some instances they can make people more suicidal if the medication is not monitored for side effects and a patient's response is not closely monitored. There has been more concern in pediatric paopulations for this lately as you may be aware of.

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