Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Beware the dangers of antidepressants
The Blade's story that antidepressants may boost suicide risk in people 18 to 25 is something people of all ages should pay attention to. I have seen hundreds of news stories detailing suicides of people who were taking or recently taking antidepressants. In real life, people of all ages have committed suicide and other acts of violence against themselves and others while taking antidepressants.
In 2004 the FDA put a Black Box warning on antidepressants because of the suicide risk they pose to children 18 and under. It took two more years of lobbying by those who had lost husbands and wives to antidepressants before the FDA extended that warning up to age 25 for people taking antidepressants.
They had to overcome fierce counter-lobbying by drug companies and psychiatrists. Maybe in another five years that Black Box warning will be extended to the many elderly people psychiatry is now pushing on to antidepressants.
Despite the dangers antidepressants pose, the Ohio Department of Mental Health under Michael Hogan is actively assisting getting the TeenScreen Mental Health survey into Ohio public schools. The result is that thousands of kids are being newly diagnosed and misdiagnosed with mental illness and put on antidepressants.
A recent TeenScreen suicide and mental health survey done on 71 Mansfield, Ohio, ninth-graders resulted in 39 previously normal teens, or 55 percent of them, being sent to a mental health clinician for follow-up interviews. An Internet search of the word TeenScreen will educate and prepare parents on what TeenScreen is and whether they want to chance having their school child falsely labeled with a mental illness and put on suicide-inducing antidepressants..