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Increased use of antidepressants and decreasing suicide rates: a population-based study using Danish register data
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    Re:Conceptual fallacy
    • Annette Erlangsen, Senior Researcher
    • Other Contributors:
      • V Canudas-Romo, and Y Conwell

    Assumptions beyond the current level of evidence

    We hereby acknowledge the e-letter by Prof. Goran Isacsson (dated 27th October, 2009) to our study on antidepressants and the change of the suicide rate in older adults [1,2]. We indeed appreciate the comment, even as our opinions differ.

    Prof. Isacsson postulates that antidepressants (primarily SSRIs) are accountable - not only for the reduction in sui...

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    None declared.
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    Conceptual fallacy

    Erlangsen et al. linked data from an individual-based prescription database in Denmark with data from the cause-of-death register for the two years 1996 and 2000[1]. They found 88 fewer suicides in 2000 than in 1996, 7 fewer among the population that was treated with antidepressants and 81 fewer among the untreated population. Based on “decomposition” analysis of these data, the authors concluded, “Individuals in active tre...

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