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  • 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...
  • Before You Quit Antidepressants ...

    01/12/2010 7:28:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,111+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 12, 2010 | RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
    Last week, The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study questioning the effectiveness of antidepressant drugs. The drugs are useful in cases of severe depression, it said. But for most patients, those with mild to moderate cases, the most commonly used antidepressants are generally no better than a placebo. For the millions of people who take these drugs, and the doctors who prescribe them, this provocative claim had to be confusing, if not alarming. It contradicted literally hundreds of well-designed trials, not to mention considerable clinical experience, showing antidepressants to be effective for a wide array of depressed...
  • Why antidepressants don't work for so many

    10/23/2009 10:20:20 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 47 replies · 1,352+ views
    Northwestern University ^ | 10-23-09 | Marla Paul
    Northwestern research finds drugs aim at wrong target CHICAGO --- More than half the people who take antidepressants for depression never get relief. Why? Because the cause of depression has been oversimplified and drugs designed to treat it aim at the wrong target, according to new research from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The medications are like arrows shot at the outer rings of a bull's eye instead of the center. A study from the laboratory of long-time depression researcher Eva Redei, presented at the Neuroscience 2009 conference in Chicago this week, appears to topple two strongly held...
  • Antidepressant use doubles in US, study finds

    08/04/2009 4:19:34 AM PDT · by rarestia · 21 replies · 813+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03 Aug 2009 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday. About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found.
  • Antidepressant use doubles in US

    08/03/2009 7:42:53 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 47 replies · 892+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-3-09 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday. About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found. "Significant increases in antidepressant use were evident across all sociodemographic groups examined, except African Americans," Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University in New York and Steven Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia wrote in the Archives of General Psychiatry. "Not...
  • Medicating America: Greatest Danger of the 21st Century - Legal Drugs.

    07/30/2009 7:06:41 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 44 replies · 1,062+ views
    The Voice magazine ^ | Jonas Clark
    Recently, I was watching a TV commercial for a self-proclaimed breakthrough drug I was encouraged to “ask my doctor about.” As I was watching the ad all I could think about was how difficult it must be to produce an appealing promotion for a product that has so many devastating side effects. You’d have to be a marketing genius to peddle some of these drugs. One “pharmaceutical therapy” that aims to help people with insomnia sleep better at night, for example, comes with a laundry list of possible side effects, including but not limited to hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of...
  • Take the BLUE PILL DOOCE(Blog Mom war erupts over Unassisted Childbirth and Antidepressants)

    06/14/2009 9:22:55 PM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 8 replies · 946+ views
    The Bitter Pill Blog ^ | June 14th, 2009 | Jenny Hatch
    A few months ago I read a blog post by Heather Anderson AKA Dooce. Heather is considered an expert on post partum depression and motherhood. She is also a liberal ex-mormon – sort of the anti-Jenny Hatch. She regularly stands against just about everything that is important to me. I found that she was an articulate, smutty, sometimes funny but mean spirited blogger. And that those who tended to comment on her blog also used tons of profanity and were hostile to my LDS religion. I was intrigued by the amount of conversation going on about Antidepressants. (Links and Videos...
  • Antidepressants may damage more sex lives

    12/15/2008 6:33:47 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 19 replies · 1,148+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 15 December 2008 | Carey Goldberg
    Such sexual symptoms have long been known side effects of the popular Prozac class of antidepressants, but a growing body of research suggests that they are far more common than previously thought, perhaps affecting half or more of patients. And a handful of recent medical and psychological journal articles document a small number of cases in which sexual problems remain even after a patient goes off the drugs. "This is such an upsetting issue," said Aline Zoldbrod, a Lexington psychologist and sex therapist. "There are people for whom SSRIs are really life-saving, I think, but the idea that someone would...
  • Viagra improves sex life of women on antidepressants

    07/22/2008 2:07:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 445+ views
    CTV.ca ^ | Jul. 22 2008 | News Staff
    Viagra helps women taking antidepressants overcome the sexual dysfunction that can be a side effect of taking the medication, new research says. Researchers from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine found that women who took the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil, a.k.a Viagra, had an improvement in sexual function in contrast to women who took a placebo. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers said this is the first randomized controlled trial showing that there is a treatment for the sexual dysfunction that women experience as a result of taking antidepressants. According...
  • Autopsy report suggests teen wasn't taking meds properly

    05/17/2008 3:16:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 156+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 05/16/08 | Pablo Lopez
    Coroner officials released an autopsy report Friday suggesting that a slain Roosevelt High School sophomore who attacked a campus police officer was not taking proper dosages of drugs prescribed to control his mental illness. Dr. David Hadden, Fresno County coroner, said it's clear that Jesus "Jesse" Carrizales, 17, had a high dose of the antidepressant Lexapro in his blood that could have caused him to be paranoid. But the teen's blood also revealed he was not taking antipsychotic drugs. Carrizales' family has said he was taking Lexapro and Geodon, an antipsychotic medication, for depression. Hadden said it's far too early...
  • Who Are We? Coming of Age on Antidepressants

    04/16/2008 11:06:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 301+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 15, 2008 | RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
    “I’ve grown up on medication,” my patient Julie told me recently. “I don’t have a sense of who I really am without it.” At 31, she had been on one antidepressant or another nearly continuously since she was 14. There was little question that she had very serious depression and had survived several suicide attempts. In fact, she credited the medication with saving her life. But now she was raising an equally fundamental question: how the drugs might have affected her psychological development and core identity. It was not an issue I had seriously considered before. Most of my patients,...
  • The Medicated Americans: Antidepressant Prescriptions on the Rise

    02/29/2008 6:46:55 PM PST · by BGHater · 19 replies · 1,497+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | Charles Barber
    The Medicated Americans: Antidepressant Prescriptions on the Rise Close to 10 percent of men and women in America are now taking drugs to combat depression. How did a once rare condition become so common? I am thinking of the Medicated Americans, those 11 percent of women and 5 percent of men who are taking antidepressants. It is Sunday night. The Medicated American—let’s call her Julie, and let’s place her in Winterset, Iowa—is getting ready for bed. Monday morning and its attendant pressures—the rush to get out of the house, the long commute, the bustle of the office—loom. She opens the...
  • Antidepressants are all the rage but have a dark side

    02/18/2008 9:26:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 156 replies · 996+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 3, 2008 | Christopher Weber
    Despite recent bad publicity over withheld studies showing marginal results, the resume of America's arsenal of antidepressants is enviable: consort to celebrities, subject of best-selling books and tabloid headlines. They may be the most celebrated pills since Valium. Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro, among others, have become both household words and medicine-cabinet staples. Known collectively as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, these antidepressants are prescribed for anxiety, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and numerous conditions besides depression. SSRIs are now the most commonly prescribed of all medications in this country. The rate at which physicians prescribed SSRIs more than...
  • Antidepressants Under Scrutiny Over Efficacy: [Review] Suggests Suppression of Negative Data

    01/21/2008 10:08:57 AM PST · by Uncledave · 15 replies · 194+ views
    WSJ ^ | 1/17/2008 | DAVID ARMSTRONG and KEITH J. WINSTEIN
    Antidepressants Under Scrutiny Over Efficacy Sweeping Overview Suggests Suppression of Negative Data Has Distorted View of Drugs By DAVID ARMSTRONG and KEITH J. WINSTEIN January 17, 2008; Page D1 The effectiveness of a dozen popular antidepressants has been exaggerated by selective publication of favorable results, according to a review of unpublished data submitted to the Food and Drug Administration. ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE As a result, doctors and patients are getting a distorted view of how well blockbuster antidepressants like Wyeth's Effexor and Pfizer Inc.'s Zoloft really work, researchers asserted in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. Since the overwhelming...
  • Study Says Patients, Doctors Get Distorted View of Antidepressants

    01/16/2008 4:45:17 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 10 replies · 299+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 16 January 2008 | DAVID ARMSTRONG
    Numerous unpublished studies submitted to the Food and Drug Administration by pharmaceutical companies have found that many popular antidepressants have little or no effect on patients, according to a new review of the previously hidden findings. A total of 74 studies involving a dozen anti-depressants and 12,564 patients were registered with the FDA from 1987 through 2004. The FDA deemed 38 of the studies to be positive. All but one of those studies was published, the researchers said. The other 36 were found to have negative or questionable results by the FDA. Most of those studies -- 22 out of...
  • Shooter Remembered By Friends, Landlord

    12/05/2007 6:48:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 139 replies · 511+ views
    ketv.com ^ | December 5, 2007 | NA
    OMAHA, Neb. -- The shooter at Westroads Mall was identified as Robert A. Hawkins of Bellevue, according to the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department, and a suicide note said he was going to be famous. Hawkins, 19, had been arrested on a couple of misdemeanors in November and was due in court this month. One charge included minor in possession of alcohol. He was arrested on Nov. 24. He was due in court for an arraignment on Dec. 19. Sarpy County deputies said they are getting a warrant to search Hawkins' home in the Quail Creek neighborhood in Bellevue. The woman...
  • Were Anti-Depressants Involved In Finland School Massacre?

    11/08/2007 1:31:12 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies · 103+ views
    FuriousSeasons.com Blog ^ | November 08, 2007 | Philip Dawdy
    A Columbine-type massacre tragically went down at a school in Finland the other day, leaving eight dead plus the shooter. According to AHRP, there's evidence that the young shooter was on SSRIs and that they made him "aggressive," a well-documented but often overlooked problem with these drugs. AHRP reports that, although Finnish press accounts include the SSRI information, the possible SSRI connection was stripped from British and American press accounts of the shooting. Now, if the shooter had been drunk or stoned or diagnosed with schizophrenia, they would have included that information, so why would they trim out mentions of...
  • Experts Question Study on Youth Suicide Rates

    09/14/2007 11:14:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 437+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 14, 2007 | ALEX BERENSON and BENEDICT CAREY
    Last week, leading psychiatric researchers linked a 2004 increase in the suicide rate for children and adolescents to a warning by the Food and Drug Administration about the use of antidepressants in minors. The F.D.A. warning, the researchers suggested, might have resulted in severely depressed teenagers going without needed treatment. But the data in the study, which was published in The American Journal of Psychiatry and received widespread publicity, do not support that explanation, outside experts say. While suicide rates for Americans ages 19 and under rose 14 percent in 2004, the number of prescriptions for antidepressants in that group...
  • Suicide Findings Question Link to Antidepressants

    07/09/2007 11:17:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 450+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 10, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Two large new studies in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggest that treatment of depression, either with psychotherapy or drugs, reduces the risk of suicide attempts in all age groups, especially during the first months of treatment. The findings raise further questions about possible links between antidepressant drugs and suicide. In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration, faced with evidence from controlled studies, mandated a “black box” notification on all antidepressant drugs, warning that their use in children and adolescents could increase the risk of suicide. In May, after reviewing controlled data from all age groups, the F.D.A. required an...
  • On the Horizon, Personalized Depression Drugs

    06/20/2007 10:54:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 336+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 19, 2007 | RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
    Imagine that you are depressed and see a psychiatrist who explains that you have clinical depression and would benefit from an antidepressant. So far, so good. But then the doctor tells you there is a 60 percent chance that you’ll feel better with this antidepressant and that it could take as long as four to six weeks to find out, during which time you’ll probably have some side effects from the drug. I have just described the state-of-the-art pharmacologic treatment of major depression in 2007. Don’t get me wrong; we have very effective and safe treatments for a broad array...
  • Record numbers on anti-depressants (Great Britian)

    05/14/2007 11:02:49 AM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 37 replies · 527+ views
    PA News ^ | 14 May 2007 | Staff
    The number of prescriptions for anti-depressants has hit an all-time high, a mental health charity has said. More than 31 million were written last year - up 6% on the year before, according to Mind. Statistics show that within this figure, prescriptions for SSRIs (Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors) including Prozac have risen by 10% from 14.7 million to 16.2 million in England. It comes as the charity released research showing that country walks can help reduce depression and raise self-esteem. This has led to calls for "ecotherapy" to become a recognised treatment for people with mental health problems. Ecotherapy: the...
  • FDA Expands Antidepressant Warnings to Young Adults

    05/03/2007 12:23:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 395+ views
    wltx.com ^ | May 02, 2007 | NA
    (AP/WLTX) - Young adults beginning treatment with antidepressants should be warned about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, federal officials said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration proposed labeling changes that would expand a warning now on all antidepressants. The current language applies only to children and adolescents. The expanded warning would apply to adults 18-24 during the first month or two of treatment with the drugs, the FDA said. The proposed labeling changes also would note that studies have not shown this increased risk in adults older than 24, and that adults 65 and older taking antidepressants...
  • In Kids, Benefits of Antidepressants Appear to Outweigh Risks

    04/17/2007 11:30:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,449+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | 4/17/07 | Deborah Kotz
    Parents of clinically depressed children often find themselves in a troubling quandary, forced to weigh the mood-lifting benefits of antidepressants against the small but very real risk of suicidal behavior that may occur in young people who take these drugs. The Food and Drug Administration requires a black box warning on antidepressants (including Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft) concerning the possibility of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and behaviors in anyone under 25 who takes the drugs. But a new study, published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, indicates that the drugs' benefits outweigh the risks. Researchers examined 27 clinical...
  • Sources: Virginia Tech gunman left note

    04/17/2007 8:55:01 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 528 replies · 21,996+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 17, 2007 | Aamer Madhani
    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The suspected gunman in the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, Cho Seung-Hui, was a troubled 23-year-old senior from South Korea who investigators believe left an invective-filled note in his dorm room, sources say. The note included a rambling list of grievances and ended with the words "Ismail Ax" in red ink on the inside of one of his arms.
  • A Mix of Medicines That Can Be Lethal

    03/03/2007 8:37:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 3,805+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2007 | JANE E. BRODY
    The death of Libby Zion, an 18-year-old college student, in a New York hospital on March 5, 1984, led to a highly publicized court battle and created a cause célèbre over the lack of supervision of inexperienced and overworked young doctors. But only much later did experts zero in on the preventable disorder that apparently led to Ms. Zion’s death: a form of drug poisoning called serotonin syndrome. --snip-- In its classic form, serotonin syndrome involves three categories of symptoms: ¶Cognitive-behavioral symptoms like confusion, disorientation, agitation, irritability, unresponsiveness and anxiety. --snip-- Perhaps adding to the diagnostic challenge is the fact...
  • Study Finds Medication Raises Suicide Risks in Young Adults

    12/06/2006 12:24:39 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 482+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 6, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    In a long-awaited analysis, health officials reported yesterday that antidepressant medications appeared to increase significantly the risk of suicide attempts and related behaviors in adults under 25, while reducing such risks in older people. The analysis, the most comprehensive and rigorous to date, found that suicidal behavior of any kind was rare, and that people taking the medications were no more likely to kill themselves than those taking placebo pills. But adults under 25 taking the drugs were more than twice as likely as those on placebos to report a suicide attempt, or to prepare for one by, say, writing...
  • Study confirms suicide rates dropping

    09/29/2006 12:26:18 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 749+ views
    Scientific American ^ | September 28, 2006 | Maggie Fox
    Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Suicide rates among the youngest and oldest Americans have steadily declined since the late 1980s, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday in a finding that contradicts popular conceptions that rates were rising. The study suggests that new antidepressant drugs may not raise the risk of suicide after all, the researchers said, but they acknowledge they are mystified by what might be causing the decline, because it is not affecting people aged 25 to 64. "For 40 years adolescent suicide rates rose," said Dr. Robert McKeown, a professor at the University of South Carolina's school...
  • New Depression Findings Could Alter Treatments

    08/11/2006 9:01:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 72 replies · 1,963+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The results of two new studies may signal a substantial shift in the way psychiatrists and researchers think about treatment for severely depressed patients. --snip-- In the other, psychiatrists in New York found evidence that antidepressant drugs significantly increased the risk that some children and adolescents would attempt or commit suicide. Doctors have debated this risk for years, but the authors of the study were skeptical of it, and their report may sway others. --snip-- The study of suicide risk, led by Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, was based on an analysis...
  • Letter From Ann Blake Tracy - Andrea Yates murdered children while taking Effexor

    07/28/2006 12:06:19 PM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 20 replies · 1,580+ views
    The Natural Family Blog ^ | July 28, 2006 | Jenny Hatch
    "This post is dedicated to Rusty Yates, husband of Andrea, and all of the family members of those who have taken Anti-Depressants and had horrific consequences."
  • A Psychotropical Paradise

    07/26/2006 4:35:49 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 29 replies · 1,044+ views
    If the pursuit of happiness was once an ideal in American life, the entitlement to happiness may now have replaced it. Since the late 1980s, when psychotropic drugs first came on the market, grateful Americans have been lining up at the counter. Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin and a host of other antidepressants have been embraced as practical solutions to everyday unhappiness. More than 15% of Americans now use one of the above. Needless to say, they are not all clinically depressed. Whereas Sigmund Freud once described the goal of psychotherapy as "transforming hysterical misery into ordinary unhappiness," many doctors now...
  • Study Sees No Gain in Using Antidepressant to Treat Anorexia

    06/13/2006 11:58:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 492+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    One of the most widely used treatments for the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, the antidepressant Prozac, works no better than dummy pills in preventing recurrence in young women who have recovered from it, researchers are reporting today. The study, the most rigorous to date to test the use of medication for anorexia, should alter treatment for an illness that is often devastatingly chronic and that has a higher mortality than any other psychiatric disorder, experts said. Fewer than a third of the study's participants, who also received regular psychotherapy, remained healthy for a year or more, whether they received drug...
  • Mentally ill troops sent to Iraqi front,

    05/14/2006 10:48:39 AM PDT · by BellStar · 31 replies · 824+ views
    Claire's Headline News (UPI) ^ | May 14 2006 | (UPI)
    Failure to screen U.S. troops for mental health problems may be the cause of an increasing suicide rate among soldiers serving in Iraq, a report says. According to an investigation by the Hartford (Conn.) Courant, fewer than one in 300 service members see a mental health professional before shipping out, despite a congressional order that all deploying troops by screened, the newspaper reported Sunday. The report uncovered evidence of soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome being sent back to the war zone and unstable troops being kept on the front lines while taking potent anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs. In addition, the...
  • Antidepressant May Raise Suicide Risk

    05/12/2006 6:51:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 882+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 12, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY and GARDINER HARRIS
    After analyzing data from clinical trials, GlaxoSmithKline has sent letters to doctors warning that its antidepressant drug Paxil appears to increase the risk of suicide attempts in some young adults. The company said it had changed the labeling on the drug to reflect the finding of the study, which analyzed clinical trial data involving some 15,000 people. The study found that reported suicide attempts were rare but significantly more common in adults who took the drug for depression than in those who received placebo pills. The Glaxo researchers reported only one suicide in the trials, a number so small it...
  • For Elderly, Antidepressants May Trump Psychotherapy

    03/15/2006 9:41:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 604+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 16, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Antidepressants work better than psychotherapy in preventing relapses in elderly men and women who have recovered from depression, a new study suggests. The government-financed study, published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that a combination of drugs and therapy was the best way to restore well-being in seriously depressed patients 70 and older. Once the patients had recovered, however, drug treatment was more effective over the next two years than once-a-month psychotherapy. Experts said the results underscored the challenges of treating depression in people past retirement age who are buffeted by anxieties — about dying, losing friends,...
  • Forest gets Lexapro patent extension

    03/03/2006 4:47:10 AM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 2 replies · 434+ views
    NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- Forest Laboratories said Thursday its patent on anti-depressant Lexapro has been extended for nearly two and a half years. The company said it received a notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that its patent covering Lexapro's composition of matter has been extended for 828 days. That means the Lexapro patent is now in effect until Sept. 14, 2011, and until March 14, 2012, with inclusion of six months' market exclusivity the drug maker was granted for completing pediatric studies of Lexapro. Lexapro is currently approved to treat major depressive disorder and generalized...
  • Antidepressants may harm newborns' lungs

    02/10/2006 11:23:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 342+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | February 8, 2006 | STEPHANIE NANO
    ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- New research has linked the use of Prozac and other similar antidepressants during pregnancy to yet another complication in newborns: an uncommon but life-threatening lung problem. Infants whose mothers took the antidepressants in the second half of pregnancy had six times the expected risk of developing the lung disorder, the researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The antidepressants implicated are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, a class of drugs that includes Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. "This is the latest in a series of troubling reports of possible adverse effects of...
  • Maternal Antidepressant Use Can Trigger Withdrawal in Newborns

    02/06/2006 5:20:20 PM PST · by oxcart · 10 replies · 258+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 02/06/2006 | By Staff
    Pregnant women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft could boost the risk of withdrawal symptoms for their newborns, a new study suggests. However, the Israeli researchers add that these symptoms are usually gone within 48 hours and appear to pose no long-term threat to the infant's health. Another expert noted that stopping antidepressant therapy during pregnancy poses its own risk to the health of a mother and her child. "At present, probably the effect of not treating the women's clinical depression is a much bigger issue for mothers and their infants,"...
  • Link between antidepressants, violence unclear

    01/29/2006 2:03:19 PM PST · by gobucks · 75 replies · 2,266+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 29 Jan 06 | KAREN GARLOCH
    Can antidepressants lead people to become violent? The question has been raised frequently in recent years, often by lawyers representing murder defendants who had been taking drugs, such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. It surfaced in Charlotte with the stabbing deaths Jan. 20 of 5-year-old twin girls. Their father, David Crespi, who was taking antidepressants and sleeping pills, was charged with murder. Without details of Crespi's treatment, experts say speculation is dangerous. Even when specifics are known, answers aren't always clear. "Sometimes it is hard to accept (that) we don't know why for sure," said Dr. Ranga Krishnan, chairman of...
  • Why do so many drugs work on this tryptophan pathway? I need some comments/ideas.

    12/11/2005 2:40:15 PM PST · by oxcart · 21 replies · 1,028+ views
    by Self | 12/11/2005 | Tom (aka oxcart)
    In the 60's to 1989 research into tryptophan grew rapidly, millions used it for depression. In 1989, a contaminated batch forced the FDA to pull tryptophan off the US market, never to return. This destroyed all research into this critical amino acid and cleared the way for pharmaceutical drugs and billions of profits for them. I am asking the question, why do so many drugs work on the tryptophan oxygenase (pyrrolase) pathway? We have antidepressants (all classes). Related articles; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=7126996 And here; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=1826617 Then we have alcohol; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=10721064&query_hl=9 Then we have asprin; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=7082905&query_hl=15 Nicotine, morphine, phenobarbitone http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=989&query_hl=17 then we have...