April 8, 2018

Alert 37: News Flash – Antidepressants Are Lowering the Suicide Rate! Aren’t They?

Most of us have heard how suicide rates have gone down in society since the advent of antidepressants.  Many believe there are scientific studies to prove the claim.     

The US is the nation most thoroughly drenched with neurotoxic “antidepressants” with 20% or more of mature women taking them, as well as large numbers of both sexes in all age groups.  Therefore, America is the best testing ground to determine if the widespread use of antidepressants has in fact lowered the suicide rate.

The National Center for Health Statistics is a part of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The agency recently released a thorough study of suicide rates in the US from 1999 through 2014.  Their conclusive finding are:

Suicide is increasing against the backdrop of generally declining mortality, and is currently one of the 10 leading causes of death overall and within each age group 10–64. This report highlights increases in suicide mortality from 1999 through 2014 and shows that while the rate increased almost steadily over the period, the average annual percent increase was greater for the second half of this period (2006–2014) than for the first half (1999–2006).

 As my research assistant Ian reminded me, “Almost nobody who tells a medical professional they’re depressed or suicidal will fail to get an antidepressant Rx. So the vulnerable population is surely saturated with the drugs, yet suicides increase!” 

Ian is right.  Because prescribers think that antidepressants are effective, they reflexively give them to anyone suspected of feeling sad or despondent.  If antidepressants worked, we would expect a decline, and not an increase, in the rate of suicide as a cause of death. Yet the rate of suicide continues to grow in the nation with the most intensive exposure to these chemical agents.

Multiple scientific studies organized by category are available on my free Antidepressant Resource Center ( They confirm that antidepressants are not in reality antidepressants, and do not effectively treat depression.  Other studies show that they are far more likely to cause than to prevent suicide.   Now we have the CDC confirming that the suicide rate in America is rising, despite the tendency of prescribers to give these drugs to anyone who seems depressed or suicidal. 

Meanwhile, our society—from the media to medical schools—has become so corrupted by the Pharmaceutical Empire and its psychiatric minions that drugs known to cause suicide continue to be peddled as drugs to prevent suicide.

Peter R. Breggin, MD