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  • Suicide rate hit 40-year peak among older teen girls in 2015

    08/04/2017 10:47:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    "These data show that between 2007 and 2015, there's substantial increases in suicide rates for both young males and young females," said Tom Simon, an author of the report and associate director for science in the division of violence protection at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the new data Thursday. ... "If you look at suicide attempts by girls, it's typically that girls attempt suicide about four to one or three to one over boys, yet boys complete suicide in the reverse," Tishler said. "That tends, we think, to have to do with the modality...
  • Antidepressants in young people may do more harm than good, warn scientists.

    06/13/2016 8:07:56 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/08/2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Antidepressants in young people may do more harm than good, warn scientists. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/08/antidepressants-in-young-people-may-do-more-harm-than-good-warn/ *"researchers at Oxford University who carried out the review said effectiveness and safety of antidepressants taken by children and teenagers remained unclear because of the poor design and selective reporting of trials, which were mostly funded by drug companies."
  • STUDY: MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS OF PATIENTS ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS NOT DEPRESSED

    10/24/2015 1:32:01 PM PDT · by Signalman · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Oct 15 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new study shows that more than two-thirds — some 69 percent – of patients using anti-depressants do not actually meet the criteria for depressive disorder. The study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, finds that many individuals who are prescribed and take antidepressant medications may not actually have a depressive disorder, and that such drugs are often used by patients who do not meet the diagnostic criteria of depression. According to the research, among the users of antidepressant medications, 69 percent never met the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD), and 38 percent also never met...
  • Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript

    03/29/2015 5:14:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 155 replies
    Mirror ^ | March 29, 2015
    Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript 29 March 2015 By Alex Wellman Patrick Sondheimer is heard screaming to his co-pilot "Open the goddam door" as passengers scream in the background The dramatic last moments of the doomed Germanwings flight have been revealed in a chilling transcript of the black box recording that shows the captain screaming at Andreas Lubitz “Open the goddam door”. Patrick Sondheimer, pilot of the traffic plane, is heard frantically pleading with the killer to let him into the cockpit, just seconds before crashing into the Alps. BEA Germanwings CVR Evidence:...
  • Sorry, liberals, Scandinavian countries aren’t utopias

    01/12/2015 8:28:28 AM PST · by Baynative · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 11, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    In the American liberal compass, the needle is always pointing to places like Denmark. Everything they most fervently hope for here has already happened there. So: Why does no one seem particularly interested in visiting Denmark? (“Honey, on our European trip, I want to see Tuscany, Paris, Berlin and . . . Jutland!”) Visitors say Danes are joyless to be around. Denmark suffers from high rates of alcoholism. In its use of antidepressants it ranks fourth in the world. (Its fellow Nordics the Icelanders are in front by a wide margin.) Some 5% of Danish men have had sex with...
  • “I can’t enjoy anything”

    01/05/2015 10:30:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/05/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 4: A Walking Nightmare--Antidepressants and suicidality Just last August, a study was published in JAMA in which adolescents were screened for depression and then randomized either to a collaborative care intervention or usual care. An accompanying editorial called for integration of depression screening into primary pediatric care, noting that “depression is associated with serious mental health problems (e.g., suicide).” In fairness, it should be pointed out that in the above-mentioned study, the families of the children labeled depressed were offered a choice of medication or psychotherapy (54% chose medication in combination with psychotherapy, and 4% chose medication only). But...
  • Dead bodies

    01/04/2015 10:31:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 3: "A Walking Nightmare"-- Antidepressants and suicidality In the meantime the media and the FDA were flooded with tales of suicidal and homicidal violence committed by patients, including children, who had been taking Prozac. Faced with mounting pressure, the agency conducted a meta-analysis of 23 industry-sponsored RCT’s on pediatric patients for nine antidepressants: Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Remeron, Paxil, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Luvox, and Serzone. The analysis concluded that these drugs were associated with a more than two-fold increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in children. Accordingly, on 16 September 2004, an FDA advisory committee voted 15 to...
  • “They’re very safe”

    01/02/2015 9:15:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 36 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/02/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    "A Walking Nightmare": Antidepressants and suicidality “It’s like being in a torture chamber all your life.” That’s how Brenda, a young woman from the southeast of England, describes her experience with prescription antidepressants. Two years ago, Brenda was a young professional with a career she enjoyed and an active social life. “I also started to write a novel,” she recalls. “I was really creative. I had a lot of friends.” All this changed in the summer of 2013 when Brenda experienced a minor medical problem and was prescribed Augmentin, an antibiotic. Immediately she began experiencing suicidal ideation, along with nausea,...
  • 1st Trimester Antidepressant Use Tied to Autism Risk

    04/17/2014 6:11:13 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 37 replies
    PsychCentral ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rick Nauert
    A new Johns Hopkins study discovers an association between prenatal exposure to antidepressant medications, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and developmental delays (DD) in boys. Researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that early prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) — commonly prescribed for depression, anxiety, and other disorders — increased the risk for ASD three-fold. Common SSRIs include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), and sertraline (Zoloft). The study of 1,000 mother-child pairs is published in the online edition of Pediatrics. In the study, investigators analyzed data from large samples of ASD and...
  • Plan to Limit Some Drugs in Medicare Is Criticized

    02/24/2014 8:28:11 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2014 | KATIE THOMAS and ROBERT PEAR
    An alliance of drug companies and patient advocates, joined by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, is fiercely opposing an Obama administration proposal that would allow insurers to limit Medicare coverage for certain classes of drugs, including those used to treat depression and schizophrenia. The administration’s proposal would remove the protected status from three classes of drugs that has been in place since the program’s inception in 2006: immunosuppressant drugs used in transplant patients, antidepressants and antipsychotic medicines. They include many well-known drugs, such as Wellbutrin, Paxil and Prozac to treat depression, and Abilify and Seroquel to treat schizophrenia. Three other...
  • Trazadone: 13 dead in Washington Navel Yard Shooting

    09/18/2013 6:03:26 PM PDT · by Captain7seas · 91 replies
    Drugawareness.org ^ | 09/18/2013 | Dr. Ann Blake Tracy
    [drugawareness] TRAZADONE: 13 Dead in Washington DC Naval Yard Shooting FROM Dr. Ann Blake Tracy TO 1 recipient Show Details From Dr. Ann Blake Tracy To drugawareness@yahoogroups.com Aaron Alexis.jpg TRAZADONE: 13 Dead in Washington DC Naval Yard Shooting The New York Times released the fact that over the past month Aaron Alexis has been on the antidepressant, Trazadone, to treat insomnia. ( quotes below.) Of course I am not finished asking questions. I want to know what he was on before this that may have induced his serious problems with insomnia. Was that yet another antidepressant? Was he in withdrawal...
  • Fear and self-loathing in Bruce Springsteen

    01/16/2013 7:43:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Brian Boyd
    Bruce Springsteen’s decision to take antidepressants was colored by the fact that his father didn’t or wouldn’t. But it took a lot of psychotherapy for him to reach that point. … The fact that Springsteen has spoken openly about his chronic depression and other issues, and his use of medication to deal with those problems, has been welcomed by some in the fields of medicine and psychology as a breakthrough, given his popularity as a performer. It’s been quite a year for Springsteen as his mental health has been written about widely . Last July, the New Yorker magazine published...
  • Doctors Target Gun Violence As A Social Disease: Hypocrisy Alert!

    08/13/2012 12:41:25 PM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 22 replies
    CNSnews ^ | August 11, 2012 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, Associated Press
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease. SNIP The need for a new approach crystallized last Sunday for one of the nation's leading gun violence experts, Dr. Stephen Hargarten. He found himself treating victims of the Sikh temple shootings at the emergency department he heads in Milwaukee. Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and three were seriously injured. It happened two weeks after the shooting that...
  • Families Sue Ohio School After Four Bullied Teens Die by Their Own Hand

    10/08/2010 12:42:51 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 69 replies · 2+ views
    Sladjana Vidovic's body lay in an open casket, dressed in the sparkly pink dress she had planned to wear to the prom. Days earlier, she had tied one end of a rope around her neck and the other around a bed post before jumping out her bedroom window. The 16-year-old's last words, scribbled in English and her native Croatian, told of her daily torment at Mentor High School, where students mocked her accent, taunted her with insults like "Slutty Jana" and threw food at her. It was the fourth time in little more than two years that a bullied high...
  • Bin Laden's Son Is Hospitalized After He Hears His Father's Voice [Omar Bin Laden]

    09/04/2010 1:23:31 AM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | JULY 9, 2010 | By LARA SETRAKIAN
    Note: Video included. "Bin Laden's Son Is Hospitalized After He Hears His Father's Voice Omar Bin Laden Is Treated for Schizophrenia, Wife Asks for Divorce" July 9, 2010 SNIPPET: ""It's true that he was put on medication but released himself early," said a spokesman for Zeina Al Sabah, Omar's wife. The spokesman confirmed that Omar had bipolar disorder and was on anti-depressants." SNIPPET: ""Omar loves and hates Osama at the same time," she said." SNIPPET: "Omar, 29, has denounced his father's terrorist tactics and ideology. But he still maintains an emotional bond..." SNIPPET: "Much of Osama Bin Laden's family, comprising...
  • Psychologist Says Antidepressants Are Just Fancy Placebos

    06/09/2010 9:01:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies · 186+ views
    DISCOVER ^ | 06.09.2010 | Carlin Flora
    Irving Kirsh aims to "explode the myth" of Prozac and its ilk, arguing that there's little evidence that they actually work for most patients. Depression is a chemical imbalance, most people think. Researchers, drug manufacturers, and even the Food and Drug Administration assert that antidepressants work by “normalizing” levels of brain neurotransmitters—chemical messengers such as serotonin. And yet hard science supporting this idea is quite poor, says Irving Kirsch, professor of psychology at the University of Hull in the U.K. An expert on the placebo effect, Kirsch has unearthed evidence that antidepressants do not correct brain chemistry gone awry. More...
  • Perhaps Derrick Bird's deadly rampages aren't so 'inexplicable' after all (Cumberland Massacre)

    06/06/2010 8:42:36 AM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies · 590+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 5, 2010 | Peter Hitchens
    (edit) The truth is that until 1920, Britain’s gun laws were so relaxed they made Texas look effeminate, but we had virtually no gun crime. That only really began to increase here after we abolished hanging. But that truth doesn’t fit the Leftist dogma which has everyone, including the Tories, the media and the police, in its grip, so the facts will be ignored.(edit) But I’d also like to urge another line of investigation.  Was Bird taking the anti-depressant pills that are now prescribed so readily by NHS doctors to so many people whose lives – like Bird’s – have...
  • Depressed Pilots Can Fly on Medication, FAA Decides

    04/04/2010 1:57:58 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 585+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/3/2010 | Shirley S. Wang and Melanie Trottman
    The Federal Aviation Administration will let some pilots who take four popular antidepressants return to the skies, saying Friday that it is easing its long-standing ban on psychiatric medications. The old policy stemmed in part from concerns over possible side effects of psychiatric drugs, including sedation. But newer medications have fewer side effects, and pilots' associations have pressured the agency to reconsider the ban. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said some pilots with depression likely weren't being treated or were doing so in secret out of fear of losing their jobs. "We need to change the culture and remove the stigma...
  • Are Veterans Being Given Deadly Cocktails to Treat PTSD?

    03/24/2010 1:43:42 PM PDT · by MestaMachine · 30 replies · 911+ views
    News Blaze ^ | March 24, 2010 | Martha Rosenberg
    A potentially deadly drug manufactured by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has been linked to the deaths of soldiers returning from war. Yet the FDA continues to approve it. Sgt. Eric Layne's death was not pretty. A few months after being prescribed a drug cocktail with the antidepressant Paxil, the mood stabilizer Klonopin and AstraZeneca's controversial antipsychotic drug Seroquel, the Iraq war veteran was "suffering from incontinence, severe depression [and] continuous headaches," according to his widow, Janette Layne, at FDA hearings for new Seroquel approvals last year. Soon he had tremors. " ... [H]is breathing was labored [and] he had developed sleep...
  • Antidepressants Beat Placebo Only for Very Severe Disease

    02/10/2010 5:15:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 675+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 February 2010 | ROBERT FINN
    The efficacy of antidepressant treatment over placebo for major depressive disorder “varies considerably,” depending upon symptom severity, according to a meta-analysis. Only patients whose depression is classified as “very severe” appear to have a greater benefit from antidepressants than from placebo pills, according to the study by Jay C. Fournier of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and his colleagues (JAMA 2010;303:47–53). Most placebo-controlled studies of antidepressants specifically exclude individuals who score below 23 on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS). HDRS scores of 8–13 indicate mild depression, scores of 14–18 indicate moderate depression, scores of 19–22 indicate severe depression, and...