Headlines raise alarm over prescription drug depression risk. But who qualifies as depressed?

Hard to tell if these headlines are using fear-mongering as clickbait, or simply riding the latest wave of stories reporting on the escalating suicide rates in the U.S.:

Millions are taking drugs, including birth control, that increase the risk of suicide (Quartz)

Study: Adults Use Medications That Can Lead to Depression and Suicide (US News & World Report)

Regardless, they’re misguided, misleading, and not supported by a study published earlier this week in JAMA . Here’s why:

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