Using data from Sweden researchers have been assessing the impact of antidepressants on violent behaviour by people with depression. Using data from over 800,000 people, the scientists compared rates of violent crime while individuals were prescribed with SSRIs versus when they were not. The findings are published in PLOS Medicine. Roundup comments accompanied this briefing.
Two of the authors came along to the Science Media Centre to discuss issues such as:
Prof. Seena Fazel, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science and Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Oxford
Dr Yasmina Molero, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Researcher, Swedish Prison and Probation Service Research Unit