Safer Alternative: Bird Droppings vs Antidepressants

bird man

Judge Orders Man to Get Rid of Birds

Here is something to give you a chuckle in the middle of all these horrific antidepressant-induced tragedies…

While in Salt Lake City lecturing I read this article in the news today …. it is about a poor elderly immigrant who loves pigeons and spends his time caring for them. Well one of the SLC suburbs of South Jordan wants him to get rid of his birds he has had in his backyard for years. Most all of the comments are supportive of the man and his rights and upset with the city for doing something like this to him. But one comment was something I HAD to respond to so here it is – his first and then mine …. hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! 🙂 (See the original story link below)

“So if he was harboring 300 rats we should leave him alone? I think everyone who is whining about how mean the world is to this guy should do a little research. Just for fun, Google the words “Pigeon, health, and hazards” all on the same line. Did you know that the EPA, yup our liberal EPA, says that you can kill as many pigeons as you want? They are considered a “bird pest” and for good reasons all having to do with DISEASE.they are basically rats with wings. I hate to sound harsh but these are the facts. Honestly if I was in charge of a city, I would ban any private ownership of pigeons because their populations can get out of control in a hurry. I have been on jobs where we had to remove years of pigeon droppings from rooftops. It’s basically a hazmat situation where protective clothing and respirators are required. When pigeon droppings dry out they become airborne and can cause serious respiratory disease. I highly recommend the city not level their roosting place. They need to exterminate the population prior. Leave the buildings and get rid of the birds.”

MY RESPONSE: “Hazmat situation?! When anything dries out and becomes airborne it turns to dust that can cause respiratory disease. Dust does that.

“They call out hazmat teams to clean up hydrochloric acid spills(yes the same muriatic acid that is used to clean toilets and cement spills), yet people in the Salt Lake Valley voluntarily consume more of that daily than anywhere else in the world in the form of an antidepressant. (Example: fluoxetine hydrocloride [Prozac], sertraline hydrocloride [Zoloft], etc.) I would be far more concerned about these highly toxic chemicals than I would pigeon droppings!

“Now there is a solution! The City of South Jordan could check with a large pharmaceutical firm to see if they could come up with a new drug promoted to be the next new “cure all” that has pigeon droppings as an ingredient since people seem so willing to put anything in their mouths as long as the marketing tells them it is good for them. Then everyone could see value in the pigeons since sadly money seems to be our society’s mode of determining value now. They could all make money on the situation and walk away happy campers. Not so sure the patients will be such happy campers, but pigeon droppings sound safer than what they already take!”

Original Article: https://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=29798204

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LA Times: Paxil (Brisdelle) Promotes Breast Cancer

 

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The following is my comment in the LA Times addressing this new research:

“Little surprise this is when we knew years ago research indicated a SEVEN times greater chance of breast cancer with Paxil. But unknown to me when I saw the approval come through for Brisdelle this summer is that it was actually Paxil renamed!! Surprising? You bet! Because I have been one of the most outspoken opponents to antidepressants for 25 years, writing, lecturing, doing media interviews even with the LA Times & not even I knew the FDA was approving Paxil!

“There is no excuse for this!!! Why was Lilly allowed to change the name of Prozac to Sarafem to prescribe for PMDD & Wellbutrin allowed to change its name to Zyban to prescribe for smoking cessation? Anyone wonder what they are trying to hide? Feel free to go to our international support site to find out www.drugawareness.org.

“Patients need to know the type of drug they are taking! When prescribed an antidepressant they need to know what it is! When I did the Leeza Gibbons Show on the subject of mothers on antidepressants killing their own children we were told we could say the word “antidepressant,” but we could not say the brand names of the medications because of their advertisers. So with them peddling these drugs under another name & for different health issues, how does the patient know they are taking an antidepressant? With antidepressant side effects as deadly as homicidal & suicidal ideation this is criminal!”

I personally have lost two close friends to Paxil-induced breast cancer although one got cancer on her ear due to her use of Prozac first. Remember that all SSRIs work basically the same way and should have very similar effects. And my uncle, who had refused to even allow me to discuss antidepressants with him, died of a very fast moving cancer due to his use of Paxil. He was diagnosed with inoperable cancer on Thursday and by the following Wednesday he was dead. In my last conversation with him a day or two before his death as we said our goodbyes he said, “I know I have given you a LOT of flack about what you are doing concerning these drugs, but DON’T YOU EVER STOP because what has been done to me should be done to no one!”

This is why I am so firm in discussing what needs to be done even after coming off these medications. The damage they have caused needs to be addressed and alternatives used to rebuild in order to avoid cancer and many other serious health problems due to the post drug adverse effects of the antidepressants. If the deficit is not addressed that the drug leaves in its wake problems can arise. I am working with a young woman currently who now has breast cancer years after her use of Prozac. Just a coincidence? I do not believe it is. She has had no opportunity to rebuild after being incarcerated at age 13 due to the drug effects. So when I post information on alternative treatments for cancer you can see why I feel it is important to pay attention.

Be sure to read the full report in the original LA Times news article and video: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-antidepressant-paxil-breast-cancer-20140218,0,3273056.story#ixzz2toBYBJf9

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
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 HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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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Claire Davis, Shot in Arapahoe, CO School Shooting Died Today

Claire Davis

CLAIRE DAVIS, DIED SATURDAY

FROM INJURIES ARAPAHOE SCHOOL SHOOTING

At the makeshift memorial at Arapahoe High School today many came to say their goodbyes. Shannon Wilhelm cried and held her son tightly in her arms. “Being a parent, the fact that you have to lose your child around the holidays or any time, it’s just not something you want anyone to go through,” she said.

Last Friday Karl Pierson set off one of the incendiary devices he brought into Arapahoe High School just eight miles from Columbine and fired five shots before killing himself just one minute and 20 seconds after entering the building and being confronted by an armed guard. In that minute and 20 seconds he also shot 17 year old Claire Davis who was just sitting with a friend.

Sadly today Claire Davis the high school senior shot last week in the Arapahoe High School shooting died at 4:29 p.m. in the Littleton Adventist Hospital after eight days on life support. Even though we have not had the opportunity to visit for several months now, Claire passed away in Littleton at the same time I was visiting over the phone with Mark Taylor in Denver. Mark was the first boy shot at Columbine High School.

Ironically Claire reminds me so much of Rachel Scott, the first girl shot at Columbine High School. Besides looking so much alike, they both were so very sweet and caring – beautiful on the outside as well as beautiful on the inside.

Classmate Maggie Hurlbut said of Claire, “One time I remember I was upset in the hallway, and she came up to me and she just – it was like, `Hey Maggie, I know we don’t know each other well but are you doing OK?’ And I told her yeah, and she was like, `Anything you need, I’m here for you,'”… “she just wants to take care of others, and that was really just a good representation of her character and who she was.”

Allison Bruhn, a junior at Arapahoe, arrived Saturday evening just as she had the previous eight days….”I’ve been coming every night and praying for an hour, praying that Claire would be OK, that she would get better,” she said. “Our school loves Claire. She was such a nice and giving person.”

Although we do not know yet if Karl was prescribed an antidepressant which could have contributed to his violent behavior and suicidal behavior, both adverse drug reactions known to double in this age group if given an antidepressant. We do know that 68 out of the 70 school violence incidents investigated thus far have found a perpetrator on an antidepressant: http://www.drugawareness.org/ssri-nightmares/school-shootings/ Increasing serotonin – the mode of action of antidepressants – has LONG been known to produce impulsive murder and suicide http://www.drugawareness.org/fda-testimony/dr-ann-blake-tracys-september-13-2004-to-the-fda .

Listen to a school shooting suspect describe what happened to him when he took a gun to school and what triggered it for him: http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcasesblog/why-i-took-a-gun-to-school-1

As I have said so many times before, our world cannot afford these losses! We have lost far too many loving, caring, and brilliant individuals. We need them here! We cannot afford to let any more of them leave! Something must be done to prevent this from continuing!

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:   http://store.drugawareness.org/

Read more: Claire Davis dies from injuries in Arapahoe High School shooting – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24773804/claire-davis-school-shooting-victim-is-dead#ixzz2oAgt9Kum

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The Problem With States Approving Gay Marriages

Gay Couple

Gay Couple Awaits Marriage License in Utah

I realize that this is something many are very emotional about, but it is an issue where emotions need to be set aside long enough to reason through this one aspect because it could be a matter of life or death.

I lightly touched on this antidepressant adverse reaction in my book on these drugs, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare! Because I felt it most important to stop the mass shootings and terrible violence of parents killing their own children as well as all of the sudden suicides that were a result of these drugs, other reactions were put on the back burner. Yet there are SO MANY other absolutely devastating reactions to antidepressants that need to be understood and many of those adverse reactions are sexual in nature.

Obviously there are not many who want to hear this information on antidepressant-induced homosexuality because on one side you have those who firmly believe that this is natural and normal and do not want to hear that it could possibly be anything else. Yet on the other side you have those who want to condem others for acting out and do not want to “give them an excuse” for this type of behavior.

What both sides are missing is that homosexuality CAN BE a medication reaction. Add to that fact that an extremely high percentage of the gay community are in fact taking antidepressants. One of the very first cases I worked on involving Prozac adverse reactions was that of a happily married doctor and father who, much to his surprise, became both homosexual and alcoholic after prescribing Prozac to himself.

The following is the comment I posted on this in the local media today in Salt Lake City where, out of the blue and much to everyone’s surprise, gay marriage was approved on Friday. It is being appealed, but many are scrambling to get their marriages through the system while this is in effect. My statement is a warning to those in that position who have taken antidepressants or are currently on these drugs.

“I have been expecting this to happen in Utah for some time now. In a state that uses so many antidepressants, which can make patients gay via disruption of hormones [in the development stage], it should have been expected.

“In 2000 there were 2000 scientists from around the world who reported their grave concerns about the level of antidepressants in the water supply causing male fish to be born with ovaries! So this aspect of the adverse effects have proven to be even worse than I originally witnessed and reported in my book on antidepressants. [By the way I do not recall 2000 scientists around the world getting together to voice a common concern before this or since!] http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/martharosenberg/drug-store-your-tap-water-and-fish-prozac

“Far too many patients have reported becoming gay on these drugs. So when I oppose gay marriage my main reason is that when people wean very, very slowly to safely come off their medications they generally go back to heterosexuality.

“So if you are marrying someone who is on these drugs get ready for a surprise when they come off! Or in other words make sure your relationship is not based on a medication side effect!

“(Questions? Google a French case last year where Didier Jambart was awarded more than requested in his lawsuit against a drug maker when his medication, similar to an antidepressant, caused this admitted drug reaction for him. Then read the book Our Stolen Future by Dr. Theo Colburn, which explains it well.)”

And now that you have read that statement you should know that the two main media outlets in Salt Lake City are KSL and the Deseret News. Their reaction to this statement was… Deseret News refused to print it and KSL suspended my account for attempting to post it!!!! Now this was being posted only as a comment on the story that ran on the gay marriages and it was sandwiched in with hundreds of other posts where it likely would not even be read!

My question? Why on earth would they care if it was posted? I backed up what I said and simply issued a warning to those this information might impact. Frankly I was shocked! Do their main advertisers, the drug companies, want to make certain this aspect of medication reactions is never discussed?

My point is that patients have the right to be fully informed about ALL possible reactions to a medication and drug companies have the responsibility to warn which it seems they do everything to avoid doing! A perfect case in point would be the I made post last week about the woman who made the false accusations of sexual abuse against the Duke University players while on antidepressants about six years ago. If someone would have associated the medication reaction of the false accusations of abuse then, she likely would not have remained on these drugs thus suffering more and more toxic reactions (known to produce changes in behavior little different than a brain tumor might) until she murdered her boyfriend two years ago.

Toxic reactions, no matter how they manifest physically, emotionally or behaviorally, must be dealt with because as you continue on the offending medication toxic reactions naturally become worse, not better!

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:   http://store.drugawareness.org/

ARAPAHOE SHOOTING: WHO WAS KARL PIERSON?

Karl Pierson

Karl Pierson, Arapahoe School Shooter

Who was Karl Pierson and what do we know about him so far?

Yesterday morning Karl Pierson ran into Arapahoe, CO high school where he was an excellent student and began shooting before an armed guard stopped him cold in less that 1 minute, 20 seconds leaving many to ask if we need armed guards in all schools.

Do we have any clues yet as to why this young man would have done what he did yesterday in taking a gun, machete and two suspected Molotov cocktails with him to school Friday, December 13, and opening fire, seriously injuring a female classmate who was apparently just in the wrong place at the wrong time, before taking his own life?

First of all we do know his parents had filed for divorce in 2011 and the divorce was finalized just over a year ago in August of 2012. We do not know if he had therapy for this in which he was prescribed an antidepressant which could have contributed to his violent behavior and suicidal behavior, both adverse drug reactions known to double in this age group if given an antidepressant. Increasing serotonin – the mode of action of antidepressants – has LONG been known to produce impulsive murder and suicide http://www.drugawareness.org/fda-testimony/dr-ann-blake-tracys-september-13-2004-to-the-fda .  Anyone familiar with that research would not be surprised in the least to learn that 68 out of the 70 school violence incidents investigated thus far have found a perpetrator on an antidepressant: http://www.drugawareness.org/ssri-nightmares/school-shootings/

Listen to a school shooting suspect describe what happened to him when he took a gun to school and what triggered it for him: http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcasesblog/why-i-took-a-gun-to-school-1

Other than the parent’s divorce and him being disaplined recently by his debate coach, who he targeted in this shooting, there is little to indicate that Karl Pierson would have ever taken the steps he took yesterday of running into his school armed to do extensive harm. “Pierson’s parents divorced in late 2011, according to court records. The divorce was finalized in August 2012.”

“Karl Pierson was a bright student and enthusiastic high school debater who got into trouble with his debate coach.”

Known as a gifted debator he participated in national finals this past summer…”
neighbors were in shock … Pierson was a dedicated, bright student from a religious family that attends Bible study meetings…They’re just a normal middle-class family, like many of the families around here,” said neighbor Diane Shea.”

“Carl Schmidt and Brendon Mendelson, both seniors at Arapahoe High, knew Pierson. They said he had political views that were “outside the mainstream,” but they did not elaborate.

“Schmidt said the shooter “was an outspoken kid about what he believed and a good political thinker.”

“Mendelson added, “He did have a lot of friends. He was popular with the people he knew.”

But we also know this: “A bright student who voiced strong opinions in class and on the debate team (especially about gun rights), dividing his time between divorced parents, some suggestions that he might have been bullied now and then, a run-in with a teacher who had ordered him suspended when the student threatened the man.”

So….violent behavior had been demonstrated before this in a run-in with this teacher. Yet those who knew him best describe him as someone who would not be expected to act upon any such threat or take revenge.

“I had class with him and knew he was very outspoken and willing to contribute, and also that he had a controlled temper he would use during discussion,” Carl Schmidt, a fellow senior, told the Los Angeles Times.

“A lot of people picked on him, but it didn’t seem to bother him,” Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson, told the Denver Post.

“High school senior Frank Woronoff told CNN he had known Pierson since they were freshmen together.

“He was the last person I would expect to shoot up a high school. He was honestly incredibly humble and down to earth. He was a little geeky but in a charming way,” he said.”

But there may have been some disappointment in not being able to progress further in the national debate competition this past summer and certainly disappointment in being taken off the debate team. Was there someone there ready to medicate his troubles away when he was only miles from Columbine where not quite one and a half decades ago an entire community had their troubles medicated away with funds donated to the victims of Columbine High? Most likely there were many ready to do exactly that.

Original articles: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24721367/arapahoe-high-gunman-held-strong-political-beliefs-classmates#ixzz2nVrpqfAa

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2013/1214/Karl-Pierson-Portrait-of-the-Arapahoe-High-School-shooting-video

 

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:   http://store.drugawareness.org/

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Study: Australian Doctors Are Both Depressed and Stressed

 

Doctors Ready for Surgery

Australian Doctors Are Depressed, Stressed –

Having A Four Times Greater Rate of Suicidal Thoughts Than the Normal Population!!!

We have already posted months ago that 25% of the Australian Parliament admit to taking antidepressants. But what are their doctors taking? Apparently the same drugs they are doling out to their patients – antidepressants. Look at the following stats from this research:

“Oncologists are the most psychologically distressed specialists, while doctors who do not deal directly with patients think about suicide most often.

“One in five medical students and one in ten doctors have had suicidal thoughts in the previous 12 months, compared with one in 45 people in the wider community, according to the report.

“Based on responses to the survey, more than a quarter of doctors are likely to have a minor psychiatric disorder like mild depression or mild anxiety, which is much more than the broader community.

‘Although many doctors are embarrassed to admit they have a problem, they are more likely to seek help than the general population.” [Of course that means, as I have said before, they are more likely to be “medicated” for these problems than the normal population.]

[And you have to love this line!!!] “Doctors are role models. They lead by example and will encourage other members of the population to seek help early.” In that line you find the reason for this survey and the push by this Australian group to get more doctors “medicated” for their mental illness.” In doing so they know that, just as any drug user in the street, they will recommend the same drugs to others. The group, called Beyond Blue, appears to be a carbon copy of our US counterpart, NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) – a group almost fully funded by Pharma (75%) to encourage family members to keep their loved ones on the medications they are on.

Just a couple of weeks ago I sent out a post containing many cases of medical professionals or their family members here in the States involved in murders or murder/suicides associated with their use of or possible use of antidepressants. I also stated that in my experience of gathering cases for our database at www.ssristories.drugawareness.org medical and psychological professionals by far make up the largest single group facing serious problems with antidepressants and antipsychotics.

And as shocking as the percentages are out of Australia I would say they are certainly conservative figures next to ours because in 2007 a TV camera crew came from Russia to interview me. At the last minute they let me know that they wanted to film me giving a lecture. So we quickly put out some flyers and decided to have the lecture right at my home. We packed the place with only a days’ notice with about 50 people coming from as far as 7 hours away…I say that only to point out how very many there are facing problems with these drugs.

After my lecture one of the two psych nurses who attended stood to say they never get to hear what I had shared with them that evening but she personally knew it was true because she was on Lexapro and having all the reactions I had mentioned. She then said that 75% of the doctors and nurses she worked with are taking antidepressants!!!!! She explained that the drug reps were telling them they are in a very stressful profession and they need to “nip in the bud” the depression that would surely follow all that stress. An old but successful sales line.

Keep in mind that if stress leads to depression and doctors are in a stressful profession antidepressants would be the last thing they would need since elevated levels of cortisol are what indicate stress while a study done by the makers of Prozac (Petralgia 1984) found that taking one single 30 mg dose of Prozac will DOUBLE cortisol levels thereby DOUBLING stress levels. Although that is the only one we have studies to indicate this increase it can be expected in all SSRI and SNRI antidepressants as the drastic cortisol increase is linked to the increased serotonin.

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
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!”

 

 

Original article:

Aussie Doctors Are Depressed, Stressed

More than a quarter of doctors are likely to have a minor psychiatric disorder and one in ten has had suicidal thoughts, according to a major study.
Source AAP

Doctors are far more depressed and stressed than other Australians, with a disproportionate number having suicidal thoughts, according to a major study.

Students and doctors aged under 30, particularly women, are at most risk of suicidal thoughts and mental illness, according to the survey commissioned by mental health charity beyondblue.

Oncologists are the most psychologically distressed specialists, while doctors who do not deal directly with patients think about suicide most often.

One in five medical students and one in ten doctors have had suicidal thoughts in the previous 12 months, compared with one in 45 people in the wider community, according to the report.

Based on responses to the survey, more than a quarter of doctors are likely to have a minor psychiatric disorder like mild depression or mild anxiety, which is much more than the broader community.

Although many doctors are embarrassed to admit they have a problem, they are more likely to seek help than the general population.

This is a good sign, says Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, former Australian Medical Association president and chair of the beyondblue doctors mental health program.

“It is a step towards removing the stigma from mental illness.

“Doctors are role models. They lead by example and will encourage other members of the population to seek help early.

“There is great resilience within the medical profession but doctors do fall into depression and anxiety and must get early treatment and intervention,” he says.

The Roy Morgan survey, which was completed by more than 14,000 doctors and medical students, shows men work longer hours and engage in more risky drinking, but women doctors are more distressed and think about suicide more often.

Perceived stigma is rife, with four in 10 agreeing that many doctors think less of doctors who have experienced depression or anxiety.

Just under five per cent list bullying and 1.7% list racism as a cause of stress.

Kate Carnell, the CEO of beyondblue, says the survey identifies the challenges the medical community faces and outlines how they can be tackled.

“This includes initiatives such as a mental health strategy for the Australian medical community, guidelines around working hours and better mental health education in universities to reduce stigma.

“If doctors do not deal with the mental health issues they are experiencing it can affect their ability to deliver the best care,” she says.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/08/aussie-doctors-are-depressed-stressed

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GRANDMOTHER KILLS INFANT GRANDDAUGHTER WITH SLEDGEHAMMER AND CARVING KNIFE

alfreda giedrojc

ALFREDA GIEDROJC

GRANDMOTHER KILLS INFANT GRANDDAUGHTER WITH SLEDGEHAMMER AND CARVING KNIFE

Yet another grandmother has taken the life of her grandchild – something I have never seen before the SSRI antidepressants. You can search our database of cases at www.ssristories.drugawareness.org for other cases like this – all involving the use of antidepressants by the suspects.

My posted comment on this news story: “In over two decades of tracking and documenting cases like this one I have yet to see a grandmother kill a grandchild who was not taking an antidepressant at the time. ‘These drugs cause REM Sleep Behavior Disorder where you act out your nightmares. This one certainly does sound like a family’s worst nightmare! It has been documented that 86% of those suffering this disorder are taking an antidepressant and 80% of them are known to hurt themselves or others – including both murder and suicide. Someone needs to check her medications.”

Alfredas granddaughter

Baby Vivian and Her Parents

In Oak Lawn, IL Polish speaking grandmother, Alfreda Giedrojc, 61, was left alone briefly Sunday morning with her sleeping six month old grandchild. According to investigators, the baby’s father and grandfather left the home briefly to help another relative who lives across the street when Giedrojc killed the baby.

“The defendant took the victim off of the couch where she had been sleeping and placed the baby on the floor and retrieved a sledgehammer from her closet, which she had placed there the night before,” said Michael Deno, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. “The defendant then hit the victim repeatedly in the head and body with the sledgehammer. Since the victim was still crying and moving the defendant went into the kitchen and retrieved a large carving knife.The defendant then picked the victim up, held her, and then slit her throat with the knife.”

Police would not comment on Giedrojc’s mental health nor on a motive for the baby’s murder.

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
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!”

Original News Report:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9277572

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A LIVING INSPIRATION TO LEARN HOW TO KEEP ON KEEPING ON IN LIFE

 

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THE RICHIE PARKER STORY

A LIVING INSPIRATION TO LEARN HOW TO KEEP ON KEEPING

The inspirational story of Richie Parker on how to keep on keeping on in spite of all odds in life. If there is one thing about how antidepressants disrupt your life completely turning it completely upside down, it is learning how to continue on in spite of what the drugs have done to you. Richie Parker’s life is an inspiration to show you how that can be done in spite of all odds.

See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/qiLDMBDPCEY?rel=0

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