Major Study: Antidepressants Double Risk of Suicide and Aggression In Young People … Drug Companies Covered Up Stats

We’ve previously documented that the new generation of antidepressants increase suicides … and may be contributing to school shootings.

The Telegraph reports this week that a major new study confirms that antidepressants can double the risk of suicide and aggression in young people … and that the drug companies have been covering up the stats:

Antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide, the biggest ever review has found, as pharmaceutical companies were accused of failing to report side-effects and even deaths linked to the drugs.

An analysis of 70 trials of the most common antidepressants – involving more than 18,000 people – found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in under 18s.


The review – the biggest of its kind into the effects of the drugs – was carried out by the Nordic Cochrane Centre and analysed by University College London (UCL) who today endorse the findings in an editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The Cochrane group is widely respected.  Newsweek notes:

The Cochrane Collaboration [is] a group of doctors and researchers known for their comprehensive reviews—which are widely regarded as the gold standard of scientific rigor in assessing effectiveness of public health policies ….

The Telegraph continues:

After comparing clinical trial information to actual patient reports the scientists found pharmaceutical companies had regularly misclassified deaths and suicidal events in people taking anti-depressants to “favour their products”.

Experts said the review’s findings were “startling” and said it was “deeply worrying” that clinical trials appear to have been misreported.


Professor Peter Gøtzsche, the lead author from the Nordic Cochrane Centre said: “Antidepressants don’t work in children, that is pretty clear, in the randomised trials children say that they don’t work for them, but they increase their risk of suicide.


Commenting on the findings of the review Professor Gotzsche added, “It is absolutely horrendous that they have such disregard for human lives.”


Dr Paul Ramchandani, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Central North West London Foundation NHS Trust said: “There have been concerns for a number of years about the way in which some trials of medicines or drugs for depression were originally reported, particularly when the treatment was for children and adolescents.”

Dr Paul Keedwell, Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Research Fellow in the Neurobiology of Mood Disorders at Cardiff University, added:“The findings provide a further lesson in how professionals must carefully scrutinise drug company summaries for data on adverse events.”

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  • unheilig

    Good luck trying to change the Big Pharma modus operandi.

  • JerseyCynic

    why do you suppose they want us all screened for depression now?

    Federal panel recommends general physicians screen all adults for depression

  • kimyo

    Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg—274,000 0-1 Year Olds and 370,000 Toddlers Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

    Mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights says a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the 10,000 toddlers being prescribed ADHD drugs, is only the tip of the iceberg regarding children being prescribed psychiatric drugs in the U.S. According to IMS health, more than 274,000 0-1 year olds are being prescribed psychiatric drugs and a staggering 370,000 toddlers.

    i have never met a single parent who would allow their infant to participate in a study to research the safety and effectiveness of psychiatric medications.

    thus, any assurance of safety is obviously false. md’s prescribing psychiatric meds to 0-1 year old infants should immediately have their license revoked.

    ps: it’s not only school shootings, recall that the pilot who locked the cabin and crashed a planeful of people in the alps. he had just increased the dosage of his anti-depression medicationS.

  • Jct: All the while keeping laughing grass, a natural herbal anti-depressant illegal. Blood on their hands.

  • Ddenney1

    I am bi-polar and for years did not know it!! I was on several meds at one time and finally quit using them because the meds were worse than the illness!!! Today too man kids are given drugs without real evidence of illness!! Teachers diagnose A.D.D. and other things when kids or just being kids!!!! Th Doctors and drug companies keeping evidence covered up doesn’t surprise me at all!

  • Gary Woodburn

    My father was on antidepressant medication and told my mother to have him taken off of it since he said it made him crazy. Sometime later he committed suicide with a gun and had been put back on the medication without him knowing it. The side effects of such medication should be investigated. Several of the mass shootings have been done by persons on such medication.