Lead researcher: Believing drugs aren’t dangerous for adults is “a potentially lethal misconception.”
A review of the clinical trials of antidepressants taken by healthy adults with no signs of a mental health disorder has found these drugs used to treat the illness actually doubled the harms related to suicide and violence. Experts working on the study said the analysis was undertaken because the harms of antidepressants, including the risk of suicide, are often explained away as if they are disease symptoms or only a problem in children. Professor Peter Gøtzsche, of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and lead author of the study, said: “While it is now generally accepted that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide and violence in children and adolescents, most people believe that these drugs are not dangerous for adults.
“This is a potentially lethal misconception.”
(Scroll down to read the full article on this research.)
After spending the past quarter of a century now specializing in adverse reactions to antidepressants I cannot agree more with this new research by Dr. Gotzsche indicating a chemically-induced increase in suicidal thinking brought on by the use of antidepressants. It is clearly chemically-induced as the patients themselves are often shocked by their own self-destructive thoughts and wonder where they are coming from.
ANTIDEPRESSANT-INDUCED REM SLEEP DISORDER
AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
Because I have focused much of my research on the impairment of sleep by antidepressants I would have liked to see more brought out on their repression of REM sleep. That in turn leads to the acting out of both murders and suicides in a dream state brought on by these medications when they chemically-induce the deadly REM Sleep Disorder. Previous research shows that 86% of those being diagnosed with this deadly sleep disorder long known to include both murder and suicide are currently taking an antidepressant. But because REM Sleep Disorder has long been known as a drug withdrawal state, we need to know how many more might be in antidepressant withdrawal at the time of the thoughts of murder or suicide. You can read more on this aspect of the drugs in our Facebook group Antidepressant-induced REM Sleep Disorder:
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Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
drugawareness.org & ssristories.NET Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”
WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!
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Original article: http://www.drudgereportarchives.net/Article.php?ID=906531&
Antidepressants: Drugs make people ‘TWICE as likely to think about suicide’ study claims
TAKING anti-depressants could double the risk of having feelings which could lead to suicide – a controversial new study has suggested.
The researchers said believing drugs aren’t dangerous for adults is a misconception
A review of trials of antidepressants taken by healthy adults with no signs of a mental health disorder has found the drugs used to treat the illness doubled the harms related to suicide and violence.Experts working on the study said the analysis was undertaken because the harms of antidepressants, including the risk of suicide, are often explained away as if they are disease symptoms or only a problem in children.Professor Peter Gøtzsche, of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and lead author of the study, said: “While it is now generally accepted that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide and violence in children and adolescents, most people believe that these drugs are not dangerous for adults.“This is a potentially lethal misconception.”
The review has been met with criticism of other experts
He added: “The reporting of harms in drug trials is generally poor.“Our review established that the trials did not report much about their methodology and that the reporting of adverse events was generally inadequate.”Thirteen double-blind, placebo-controlled trials were included in the review by the research team from the Nordic Cochrane Centre and the University of Copenhagen.The researchers believe that the review even ‘underestimates the harms of antidepressants’ since they had access to only the published articles for 11 of the 13 trials, rather than being able to analyse the full data held by the drug companies.
Experts said medications that do good ‘can also do harm’
Professor Gøtzsche added: “It is well documented that drug companies under-report seriously the harms of antidepressants related to suicide and violence, either by simply omittingthem from reports, by calling them something else or by committing scientific misconduct.”However, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Professor of Psychological Medicine, King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said the study ‘changes nothing’.
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“This paper shows that antidepressants have side effects such as odd dreams, nervousness and shaking. This is very familiar to most, if not all, clinicians.”But importantly, no data presented in the paper supports extrapolating from these side-effects to self-harm and violence.“The strongest conclusion one can draw from this data is to say that some symptoms such as agitation occur in depression itself and in response to antidepressants, and that sometimes these symptoms are also experienced by people who go on to commit acts of violence or self-harm.“Overall, medications used in any branch of medicine that do good can also do harm. The same applies in psychiatry.“Current evidence from large scale studies continues to show that for antidepressants the benefits outweigh the risks. If the evidence changes then so will our advice, but this study changes nothing.”
Experts said the study only identified ’emergent harms’ associated with suicide
Dr David Christmas, Member of the Psychopharmacology Committee, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Consultant Psychiatrist in The Advanced Interventions Service, Dundee, said the study is not suitable to answer the questions researchers wanted to ask.
He said: “Most of the trials reported varied in the type of drug used, the dose, duration and the mechanisms of reporting harms.
“Importantly, the study only identified emergent harms that are associated (directly or indirectly) with suicide and violence.
“It didn’t identify a higher rate of these outcomes from the studies they used.”
The study was published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.