Year: 2003 Source: World Journal of Biology, v.4, no.4, (October 2003), p.184-191 SIEC No: 20040515

The author of this article notes that over the past decades the rate of completed suicide has remained quite stable, & that the rate of attempted suicide has actually increased, even though antidepressants are now being used to treat depression, the major precursor to suicide. A number of possible explanations for this finding are discussed. Future systematic investigation of these hypotheses is encouraged. (67 refs)