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Encephalon 32, A Neuroscience Carnival

Encephalon is a traveling smorgasbord of neurology and psychology that tantalises you with tit-bits of science. This edition is hosted by Living the Scientific Life and features a range of interesting articles including this one on suicide: Black Box Warnings on Antidepressants Backfires

After a 2003 report linking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, with increased suicide rates among children and teen agers was published, the use of this class of antidepressants in these age groups has decreased dramatically. This led to a change in labeling in 2003 that warned that use of the medications could increase suicidal thoughts and behavior among youths. Sadly, this ‘black box’ warning has caused a decrease in prescriptions for SSRI antidepressants which appears to have has triggered a sharp increase in suicide rates for these age groups, according to two papers that have recently been published.

Encephalon 33 will be hosted by GNIF Brainblogger on October 8th. Of course, next issue’s hosts are seeking your contributions for their issue of Encephalon, so be sure to check in with them for the deadline for sending in your submissions!