Suicide warnings deter antidepressant use

The warnings of suicidality risk imposed on antidepressants have done more harm than good by discouraging treatment of the condition, psychiatrists say.

In a review of the impact of the warnings introduced a decade ago, a leading US psychiatrist said they had a “chilling effect” on depression treatment and the warnings should be downgraded or removed entirely.

The advice had failed to strike a balance between a possible small risk of suicidality and the major proven benefits of treatment of depression, Dr Richard