Don't know but I suspect that the feeding of psychiactric drugs to students can't be good. My ex always thought Columbine was caused by this.
If someone decides to seek out psychological counseling, they can expect to be sent to a psychiatrist and handed a prescription. I'm not saying that anti-depressants aren't a valuable treatment option, but rather they are the first if not the only method many, many psychology professionals use regardless of how depressed a patient might be or why. And, unfortunately, the side effects of these drugs are often worse than the "disease" they attempt to treat.
Isn't this where The Prisioner was filmed? An ironic place for a psychiatrist to live for sure.
A Daily Workout Could Add 4 Years to Life, Study Says WaPo's take on the same story.
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Funny - if you look up that paper, what it makes clear is that, not only is Healy making money off of testifying against SSRI's in court, he has a vested interest in trashing SSRI's because he's working for a drug company that makes competing anti-depressants (reboxetine), and has taken on a role actively promoting reboxetine, despite the fact that his own work shows it to be no more effective than SSRI's.
It's nice to think of the lone cowboy, courageously standing up against the mob, but it's a myth. Healy's no lone cowboy - he's just another hired gun.
1. This isn't anything new, though the mass media and the medical establishment are acting very surprised about these revelations. Twenty-five years ago when the only anti-depressants most psychiatrists had in their pharmacopia were MAO inhibitors and tricyclics, we were warned that sometimes giving an anti-depressant to a depressed patient could cause him to commit suicide. It isn't just some magic about the SSRIs like Prozac that makes this happen.
2. I know John Davis, mentioned in this article, and he used to admit the same thing in private situations.
Read Peter Breggin on the same subject - a psychiatrist practicing in Baltimore who has gone against pharmaceutical psychiatry for years and written a number of books on the subject.
My brother is a psychiatrist, and a big-time advocate of anti-depressants and other mood-altering drugs. I understand that psychiatrists feel too overwhelmed by the workload for traditional analysis, but I can't believe that drugs are a great alternative in a society in which drug abuse is such a problem. Maybe we ought to train more psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists, if we can get the AMA, APA, DEA, CDC, etc. to go along.
So to counteract the mania they put her on ativan. Which causes crushing depression in some small percentage of people. After presenting our case to her psychiatrist he agreed that the drugs were causing the problems. and took her off the drugs.
So, yes these drugs do cause suicidal depression in some people.
Eventually she was put on a non-SSRI type drug Cymbalta that worked well for her. There is no reason why the patient should have to diagnose the problem. That's what the doctors are for. But they don't. They just prescribe more drugs.
My wife died of a seizure while in the hospital after one of these manic attacks. Turns out that her anti-seizure drugs were also mood stabilizers and as we adjusted her epilepsy drugs it unbalanced her cymbalta so she had a manic attack. A simple adjust of the cymbalta was called for but she died before that could be done.