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ERIC Number: EJ809485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Antidepressant Prescription and Suicide Rates: Effect of Age and Gender
Kalmar, Sandor; Szanto, Katalin; Rihmer, Zoltan; Mazumdar, Sati; Harrison, Katrin; Mann, J. John
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v38 n4 p363-374 Aug 2008
To determine whether the effect of antidepressant exposure on suicide rate is modified by age and gender in Hungary, annual antidepressant prescription rates and suicide rates of about 10 million inhabitants between 1999-2005 were analyzed by age and gender groups. The suicide rate was inversely related to the increased use of antidepressants in both genders. The strongest association was found in the oldest age groups, where the increase in antidepressant use was highest, while there was no association in the under 20 or 50-69 age groups in either gender. Antidepressant prescription rate was related to suicide rate after controlling for divorce rate or unemployment rate, but not after controlling for alcohol consumption rate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary