Successful Suicide in a Child: Depression-Related or Paroxetine-Induced?

K Aghakhani, S Soltani, N Farhidnia, F Fallah



Background: Children and adolescents are prone to develop psychiatric problems after stressful life events. These problems need appropriate treatment because of negative consequences like disease-related suicide. Antidepressants (especially "Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors") are common treatments for psychiatric problems of children and adolescents; but different side effects, including drug-induced suicide, have been reported.

Case Report: In this article, we describe a nine-year-old girl who developed depression after parental divorce and was prescribed paroxetine. During pharmacotherapy, she had suicidal thoughts and several unsuccessful attempts which have been neglected and finally last attempt was successful. This report is an evidence for physicians to prescribe antidepressants cautiously with reasonable indication. As still there is no certain contraindication of using antidepressants in pediatric patients, importance of follow-ups and screening of suicide in pediatric patients during treatment with antidepressants seems essential.

Conclusion: This study discloses the magnitude of explaining the side effects of antidepressants to caregivers of children with psychiatric problems.


Antidepressive Agents, Depression, Paroxetine, Suicide

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