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Why Antidepressants are Causing Suicides and Homicides

Reports of unusual, severe reactions with antidepressant drugs emerged soon after the first SSRI, Prozac, was introduced in 1988. Now, years after the first reports, British authorities have acted against the use of these drugs in children because of an increased incidence of suicide. This forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take a second look. But even if the FDA acts, will such warnings make any difference? Not likely. But why are antidepressants causing harm in the first place; is it the drugs, the doctors, or the drug companies? Below are just some of the insights mentioned in the article that show just how a dysfunctional medical-pharmaceutical complex causes and perpetuates unnecessary harm.

  • Patients have the mistaken impression that doctors understand SSRI drugs. Most doctors don't.
  • The drug companies have marketed SSRI antidepressants vigorously not only to psychiatrists, who are supposed to have some expertise with these drugs, but also to family practitioners, pediatricians, gynecologists, internal medicine specialists, and anyone else who can pen a prescription.
  • Many doctors don't know the difference between major and minor (dysthymic) depressions.
  • Many doctors don't understand bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder and that overly strong SSRI doses can trigger manic reactions.
  • Many doctors think SSRIs are the best treatment for anxiety symptoms. They aren't.

MedicationSense.com April-June 2004

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