How does news about suicidality and antidepressants affect patients being treated for depression?

To the Editor: Reports in the popular media and public health advisories issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have raised concerns that antidepressant medications may heighten the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors (1,2,3,4). We explored how adult patients with a diagnosis of major depression from an academic ambulatory psychiatric clinic might be affected by these news stories about antidepressants. As part of a larger anonymous survey on quality of life and depression, we examined two questions. Are patients paying attention to these stories in the media? Is the news affecting their confidence in antidepressant medications?...

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