Friday, November 21, 2008

"Middle-aged women drive rise in U.S. suicides." SSRI Rx?

The headline:

"Middle-aged women drive rise in U.S. suicides; Overall rate grew 0.7 percent between 1999 and 2005, researchers report"

Link to the story (if link gets old, just google the headline):

" "The biggest increase that we have seen between 1999 and 2005 was the increase in poisoning suicide in women — that went up by 57 percent," said Susan Baker, a professor in injury prevention with a special expertise in suicide. "

This adds a second prominent group currently with notably high suicide rates, and possibly also with notably high rates of Rx of SSRIs. gulf war vets are the one group with suicidality being well-documented, but with major media and VA researchers as yet unable to put their finger on the connection with SSRI Rx.

Vet stories:
"Soldier suicide rate may set record again" [sept 2008 story]

I would consider whether the prescription rates in these women have had a similar increase. Suicidality problems had been increasing in adolescents, then the 'black box' warnings came out for adol and ssri and sucide risk, and rx of these meds to adol decreased.

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