New Research: Traumatic brain injuries [or antidepressants?] linked to higher military suicide rates

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Linked to Higher Military Suicides

Or … Is It Really Antidepressants Prescribed to Those With Traumatic Brain Injuries Which Produces Higher Rates of Suicide?

According to research at the University of Utah, traumatic brain injuries put troops at a higher risk of suicide.

They also found that those with more than one head injury are at a higher risk.

“After sustaining an injury we see increased rates of insomnia,” said National Center for Veterans Studies Associate Director Craig Bryan. “We see increased rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder. All of these are risk factors for suicide, as well.”

Yet antidepressants cause insomnia, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder as side effects which are risk factors for suicide. So if the individual has been prescribed an antidepressant are these risk factors for suicide coming from the head injury or the antidepressant? This must be taken into consideration.

My comment I posted to this article is: “I have posted several articles on the subject of military suicides just today and I can tell you that in this study unless they also documented the antidepressants involved in each case their head injury research will be flawed. The reason for that is because traumatic head injury produces a kindling effect when antidepressants are introduced which then causes the individual to have an increase in adverse reactions to the drugs.

“Wellbutrin is the only antidepressant I am aware of that currently has strong warnings against use for those with head injury. The others should have added similar warnings long ago.

“Another consideration is the FDA warning for these young military personnel who fall into the under 25 age group where the FDA has warned that antidepressants increase suicidality for them almost doubling the rate.”

Interestingly if you watch the video portion of this report you will find something not in the written report which is the odd figure no one seems to be able to figure out yet which is that 85% of those military suicides were by troops who had never seen battle!

How long can they dance around the issue of the medications? They are clearly the most common thread. But who is prescribing the medications? They are. So do you think they may be doing fast dancing around this issue to avoid being held liable for these deaths?

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: http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=26805911

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!”

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Suicide: Man Shoots Himself: England

Paragraph 8 reads:  “Mr Hobbs, who had been diabetic for 10 years, died on May 17 from a traumatic head injury, five days after being prescribed anti-depressants.”

Last paragraph reads:  “Coroner William Morris recorded verdict of suicide.”

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Soham Man Who Was Depressed After Losing His Job Shot Himself At Home

18:21 – 04 August 2009

coroner’s court
DISTRAUGHT and depressed after losing his job, JCB driver John Hobbs shot himself in the garden of his Soham home.

Just one day after being made redundant, 63-year-old Mr Hobbs went into a deep depression.

“From that day, the John I knew and loved was gone, and we began to argue,” his loving wife Gwendoline told an inquest at Ely Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

“He was anxious and desperate to find a new job,” she said in a statement to the coroner. “He started to worry about bills and money, because he only received Job Seeker’s allowance.”

Mr Hobbs was so desperate to get a new job, that he even approached members of the public in the doctor’s surgery car park, asking for a job, said Mrs Hobbs.

He lost nearly two stone in weight over a 10-week period. “He looked gaunt; he was a shell of himself.

“His behaviour became worse, and he said he wished he was dead.”

Mr Hobbs, who had been diabetic for 10 years, died on May 17 from a traumatic head injury, five days after being prescribed anti-depressants.

Mr and Mrs Hobbs had been married for 43 years, and lived together in Cornmills Road at Soham.

“Sometime in the afternoon I heard a very loud bang from the rear garden, it sounded like a shotgun, I was very worried,” said Mrs Hobbs in her statement.

He started work for Bradford Properties in 1967; he was very proud of his job, and always eager to get work.

After being diagnosed with diabetes, Mr Hobbs struggled with his weight, and found taking his medication a chore.

He was looking forward to retirement, but in December last year was given 12 weeks’ notice, and even offered to work for half pay.

Coroner William Morris recorded verdict of suicide.

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