April 18, 2023 at 2:44 pm

Scientists Warn Depression Pills Increase Risk of Suicide in Some, Regardless of Age or Reason for Prescribing

Study author Dr. John Read, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, said: “Not only do antidepressants not reduce suicidality, but they also actually increase it for many, and for some they provide the mechanism for killing oneself.”

The research, which will be published in the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, concluded: “If the goal is to prevent suicide then clearly they are not working for thousands of people.” Read the full article at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/04/17/antidepressants-suicide-drugs-prozac-research/.

April 17, 2023 at 9:49 am

See Drugwatch for Drug and Medical Device Info

Information about high-risk medical products, health issues, and adverse drug effects can be found on Drugwatch to include info about pharmaceutical products marketed as antidepressants. Of note:

“Antidepressants have also been linked to akathisia, which is extreme restlessness and an inability to sit still. The discomfort can be so great that suicide becomes a welcome alternative to feeling this type of agitation. Sometimes akathisia is misdiagnosed as worsening depression, so medication dosage is increased, causing the restlessness to persist.” See https://www.drugwatch.com/ssri/suic for more info.

April 10, 2023 at 8:48 am

Kids Who Need Talk Therapy are Increasingly Getting Prescriptions Instead

In Australia and most countries, children who need talk therapy are increasingly getting drugs instead.

“Most people would suggest trying psychological approaches first, but that assumes you can access those things – the waiting lists are horrendous,” said Ian Hickie, psychiatrist and co-director of the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre.

The federal health department has “launched a review of antidepressant prescribing behaviours by GPs.”

Read the full article at https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/gen-stress-prescriptions-surge-for-children-s-anxiety-medicines-20230403-p5cxop.html.