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Antidepressants could promote violent crime

Patients with mental disorders are more likely to be involved in acts of violence. In the process, they are often under the influence of drugs, which raises the question of whether certain drugs increase the willingness to do such things. Were now found further evidence and in the journal "European Neuropsychopharmacology" published.

Of certain antidepressants, the selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), is known to increase in children and adolescents the risk for aggressive and violent behavior. This seems to be the case for adults: Under almost 800,000 Swedish people between the ages of 15 and 60 years of age, to whom such a drug was prescribed, it came out during the therapy with 24 to 28 percent higher probability of violent crime.

This effect was also observed for up to twelve weeks after cessation of treatment still. Especially in the group of 15 – to 34-Year-olds were acts of violence increasingly occurred. Previously committed crimes of violence increased also the risk that during the therapy again to criminal acts.

Antidepressants work drive-enhancing

Whether these acts were due to the drug or the underlying Depression, may not be with safety from the results of the study concluded. However, it is known that selective Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors increase the drive. That could run in people who are prone to violence, including such acts.

The patients were followed on average for 7.3 years. In this time, it came to 32.203 violence in 20.821 (2.7 percent) of the examined patients. Men committed with 5.7 percent more violent crimes than women (1.0 percent).