Originally Posted by btmj
This class of drugs has done more to prevent suicide and preserve quality of life than all the talk-therapy and psychoanalysis of the past ever did. Even if there is an occasional bad side effect, the overall net positive benefit is huge.
Is it? Quality of life is difficult to measure, and suicide rates according to OECD varied widely in the period before SSRIs became popular. Why do they get credit for the suicide rate decrease in some countries since then?
page w/ link to oecd dataset w/ a bunch of excel pages, suicides are near the end: http://www.oecd.org/health/healthpol...uesteddata.htm
here's an attempt to graph some of the countries: