New study: ADHD medication not associated with suicide

According to a recent study published by the British Medical Journal, there are no associations between ADHD medication and suicide attempts or suicide. This is reassuring news to those who may have heard otherwise. Prior studies – which have often been criticized for having too small sample sizes or flawed methodology – have hinted that ADHD medication might actually raise the risk of suicide.

The current study, led by Henrik Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, reviewed the national patient registry information for nearly 38,000 individuals in Sweden diagnosed with ADHD that were or were not taking ADHD medication. Not only did the records not show an increase in instances of suicidal behaviours when patients were taking ADHD medication, they actually found a decrease in instances for those taking ADHD medication vs. not. That is, the results hint that there may actually be a “protective effect” – as described by Larsson – in taking ADHD medication.

For more information about the study, check out the article published on the Karolinska Institute’s website: Dismisses link between suicidal behaviour and ADHD drugs

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