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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2009 Mar;119(3):236-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01314.x. Epub 2008 Dec 4.

Influence of psychotherapist density and antidepressant sales on suicide rates.

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  • 1Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. nestor.kapusta@meduniwien.ac.at

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Antidepressant sales and suicide rates have been shown to be correlated in industrialized countries. The aim was to study the possible effects of psychotherapy utilization on suicide rates.

METHOD:

We assessed the impact of antidepressant sales and psychotherapist density on suicide rates between 1991 and 2005. To adjust for serial correlation in time series, three first-order autoregressive models adjusted for per capita alcohol consumption and unemployment rates were employed.

RESULTS:

Antidepressant sales and the density of psychotherapists in the population were negatively associated with suicide rates.

CONCLUSION:

This study provides evidence that decreasing suicide rates were associated with both increasing antidepressant sales and an increasing density of psychotherapists. The decrease of suicide rates could reflect a general improvement in mental health care rather than being caused by antidepressant sales or psychotherapist density alone.

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