Deliberate self-harm and antidepressant drugs. Investigation of a possible link.

  title={Deliberate self-harm and antidepressant drugs. Investigation of a possible link.},
  author={Shannon M. Donovan and Andrew Clayton and M Beeharry and Susan Jones and Chris Kirk and Keith Waters and David Gardner and J Faulding and Richard Madeley},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
BACKGROUND It is not clear if the frequency of deliberate self-harm (DSH) is the same in patients taking different pharmacological classes of antidepressant drugs. AIMS To compare the frequency of DSH in patients who had been prescribed a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) or a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) prior to the DSH event. METHOD This was a prospective study in 2776 consecutive DSH cases attending an accident and emergency department. The incidence of DSH in TCA-treated… CONTINUE READING
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