Boys Ranch Sees Problem with Antidepressants

“It has been our experience over the past 19 years that not one of the boys NEEDED to be on drugs. I wish we could get this word out to more people.”

 

Dear Ann Blake-Tracy,

AMEN and AMEN!!!

This is what we have also been saying and it is good to hear another professional saying the same things. We have a boys ranch, Lives Under Construction Ranch at Lampe, Missouri and take boys from over 17 different States, most of which have either been on drugs or still are when they come.

We don’t believe in these types of drugs to treat behavior disorders. There MAY BE and exception for a very small amount of the people who take these drugs; however, it has been our experience over the past 19 years that not one of the boys NEEDED to be on drugs. They later thanked us for helping them to ESCAPE the shell they felt like they were in.

I wish we could get this word out to more people. Kids are being introduced to these drugs mainly because when they start school, a teacher does not want to work with them individually and would rather put the potentially high intellectual kids who may be bored with the class under sedation with the drugs to avoid problems in the classroom. At least, this has been why most parents tell us that they get the prescription is because a school recommended that they seek professional help, which refers the kids to drugs.

If only more parents realized that most, if not all of the school violence was done by kids on medication. WHAT A TRAGEDY is right!

Thank you

Sheila Ortman
LUC Boys Ranch
www.lucboys.org

 

9/23/2001

This is Survivor Story number 28.
Total number of stories in current database is 34

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1/11/2001 – More Self Harm Seen with SSRI Therapy Than With Tricyclics

Now, a report out of the UK debunks a popular marketing
strategem of SSRI manufacturers–that SSRI’s are inherently
safer because they are less toxic in overdose. This study
recently published in the British Journal of Psychiatry clearly
points to a great risk of self-harm with drugs like Prozac, Zoloft
and Paxil over the older tricyclic antidepressants. Mark
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More Self Harm Seen with SSRI Therapy Than With Tricyclics

http://psychiatry.medscape.com/reuters/prof/2000/12/12.29/20001228clin013.html

WESTPORT, CT (Reuters Health) Dec 28 – Significantly more
instances of deliberate self-harm occur in patients prescribed a
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) than in those
prescribed a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). In their report in the
December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, UK
investigators caution that the choice of antidepressant for
patients at risk should not be based solely on overdose toxicity.

In this prospective study, 2776 deliberate self-harm events
occurred in 1954 individuals attending the Derbyshire Royal
Infirmary in 1995 and 1996. Dr. Stuart Donovan, of University
Hospital, in Nottingham, and associates observed that the most
frequent method of self-harm was medication overdose, and
paracetamol (acetaminophen) was the medication most
frequently involved

In the cases of antidepressant overdoses, SSRIs were used
more often than TCAs, in 16.0 and 11.8 cases per 10,000
prescriptions, respectively. The relative incidence of self-harm
events was significantly higher in those prescribed SSRIs than
in those prescribed TCAs. Exposure times were similar for the
two types of drugs.

Dr. Donovan’s group adds that SSRIs may have been prescribed
more often following unsuccessful use of a TCA, making it
possible that “a greater proportion of more ‘difficult to treat’
patients may have been prescribed SSRIs and this may
manifest as a greater risk of deliberate self-harm.” However, they
emphasize that the reduced overdose toxicity of SSRIs
compared with TCAs “does not extrapolate to a reduced risk of
deliberate self-harm.”

In fact, the reduced risk of morbidity following overdose is offset
by the higher risk of self-harm by other methods in patients
taking SSRIs.

Br J Psychiatry 2000;177:551-556.
Copyright © 2000 Reuters Ltd. All rights reserved.

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