Suicide Watch Whitewash

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  • 09/18/2007
There are some bloggers anxious to absolve themselves of responsibility for the jump in suicides because of SSRI related fearmongering who are claiming that the 2004 data is just a blip.

Nice try with incomplete data. The jump in suicides was pronounced among youths but increased across ages 10-64 from 2003-2004. The jump in 2004 came after a 15 year decline among kids. And if the suicide rate decline in 2005 -- which I hope is the case -- holds up among kids specifically it only goes to show that the fearmongering was the principal factor not the other way 'round.

At least such pundits like Phil Dawdy of Furious Season with whom I rarely agree but whose trenchant style I admire are seeking to offer an alternative and plausible data-driven explanation.

They are not claiming -- like David Healy -- that the jump is a result of treating kids with atypicals. Healy, who is now a paid consultant to the trial bar suing Lilly and other companies who make such drugs has no shame. What a tool.

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