Suicidal Behavior After FDA Warnings

July 7, 2014

On June 18, the British Medical Journal published an article by Christine Lu et al, titled Changes in antidepressant use by young people and suicidal behavior after FDA warnings and media coverage: quasi-experimental study.  Here’s the conclusion paragraph from the abstract: “Safety warnings about antidepressants and widespread media coverage decreased antidepressant use, and there were […]

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SSRIs and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

January 21, 2014

There’s a new study in the January 2014 issue of the BMJ:  Grigoriadis et al, Prenatal exposure to antidepressants and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn: systematic review and meta-analysis.  Thanks to Nanu Grewal for the link. PPHN is a relatively rare condition.  The authors report that the estimated prevalence is about 1.9 per 1000 […]

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Antidepressants and Suicide

January 15, 2014

There was an interesting article, Antidepressant regulations tightened following suicide, in the Copenhagen Post on January 7.  Thanks to Mad in America for the link. It is reported that Danilo Terrida, aged 20, committed suicide in 2011 “…eleven days after he was prescribed antidepressants following an eight-minute-long conversation with a doctor.”  The doctor has been deemed […]

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Antidepressants and Liver Failure

January 12, 2014

Last month (December 2013) the American Journal of Psychiatry published Antidepressant-Induced Liver Injury: A Review for Clinicians, by Voican C.S. et al.  The study was a literature search from 1965 onwards. Here are the authors’ results: All antidepressants can induce hepatotoxicity, especially in elderly patients and those taking more than one drug Liver damage is […]

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Sandy Hook Massacre: The Unanswered Question

January 6, 2014

On December 27, 2013, Connecticut State Police issued a 7,000-page, heavily redacted, report on the massacre that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School just over a year earlier (December 14, 2012).  For the record, I have not read the 7,000-page report, but I have read the Wikipedia article Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, last updated […]

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Causes of High Mortality in People Labeled ‘Mentally Ill’

November 12, 2013

ANOTHER VIDEO FROM DR. LIEBERMAN On October 28, Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, President of the APA, made another video.  This one is titled An Important Look at Mortality in Mental Illness: A Decade of Data on Psychotropic Drugs, and was made for Medscape.  You can see the transcript at the same site.  Medscape is a web […]

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The Dangers of SSRI’s

November 7, 2013

SSRI’S AND SUICIDE Bob Fiddaman has a post up today called MHRA Consultant Calls for Antidepressant Use in Young.  The article highlights some of the dangers associated with SSRI’s, and also describes some of the attempts to suppress or discount the significance of this information. Apparently in 2010, Swedish psychiatrist Göran Isacsson, MD, PhD, published […]

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Pharma Corruption of Healthcare

October 9, 2013

I’ve been reading another great book:  Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare, by Peter C. Gotzsche [Radcliffe Publishing, 2013]. The book is an exposé of pharma’s fraudulent research and marketing.  The author is a Danish physician who has been involved in clinical trials of drugs, and in drug regulatory matters.  He […]

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Antidepressants Being Handed Out Like Candy

October 5, 2013

There’s an interesting exposé in the London Daily Mail, September 29, titled Critics claim antidepressants are being handed out like sweets…  Thanks to Leonie and Antidepaware on Twitter for the link. To find out how easily people could get prescriptions for antidepressants, the Mail sent “…three women of differing ages — all of whom had no […]

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More SSRI Side Effects: Upper GI Bleeding

September 29, 2013

Earlier this month, the American Journal of Psychiatry published an article by Yen-Po Wang, M.D., et al, titled Short-Term Use of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Risk of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding.  [Thanks to Mad in America for the link] The research was conducted in Taiwan.  The authors studied the records of 5,377 psychiatric inpatients with gastrointestinal […]

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SSRI’s Impair Learning.

September 24, 2013

There’s an interesting article on Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.  It’s called Learning from Negative Feedback in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder is Attenuated by SSRI Antidepressants. The researchers evaluated learning ability in three groups: medication-naïve individuals who met the criteria for Major Depressive Disorder individuals who met the criteria for MDD and were receiving the […]

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Another Mass Shooting: Link to SSRIs?

September 17, 2013

A mass murder occurred yesterday, September 16, at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C.  There are reports of at least 12 dead, and several wounded.  Early news stories describe the perpetrator as having “mental issues,” and it is reported that he “…had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems.”  […]

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The Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Violence

September 7, 2013

Thanks to a tweet from Ginger Breggin for the link to a new article on  The article is called CT AAG Nervous About Releasing Adam Lanza’s Medical Records:  Disclosure “Can Cause A Lot of People to Stop Taking Their Medications.“  The AbleChild contact person is Sheila Matthews. AbleChild is a national parent rights organization […]

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SSRI’s and Birth Defects

June 19, 2013

Courtesy of Nanu Grewal in Australia, I’ve come across this interesting paper:  Systematic meta-analysis of individual selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications and congenital malformations, by Nicholas Myles et al. The authors note that there is some suggestion of a link between SSRI’s, as a group, and birth defects, but that the teratogenicity of individual members […]

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SSRI’s During Pregnancy and APGAR Scores

May 12, 2013

There’s an interesting article on this topic by Hans Jensen et al, in the February 21, 2013 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.  You can see an abstract here. The authors conducted a register study on all pregnant women in Denmark from 1996 to 2006, linking data from the Medical Birth Register, the Psychiatric […]

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