Year: 2000 Source: Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2000. p.487-502 SIEC No: 20010046

Virtually all psychiatric disorders are associated with increased rates of suicide. The use of psychotropic drug treatment for the prevention of suicide is based on the principle that successful therapy of an underlying psychiatric disorder will decrease the risk of suicidal ideation & behaviour. While this has been difficult to establish from prospective trials, epidemiological studies suggest rates of suicide are significantly lower in patients treated with antidepressants & mood stabilizers. Factors which may offer alternative explanations for lower suicide rates are also discussed. (59 refs.)