2nd study links SSRIs, suicidal thoughts
SSRI antidepressants are used mainly to treat clinical depression and anxiety; however, they are also used by people with other psychiatric diagnoses (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) who struggle with serious depressive episodes.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been under scrutiny for months, following an internal review of the FDA showing that youth who use these antidepressants are more likely to have suicidal thoughts.
Of the SSRI antidepressants, which include Paxil, Zoloft, and Celexa, only Prozac has been officially approved for children under 18.
A recent new analysis of SSRI drugs confirms the first report. According to FDA medical reviewer Tarek Hammad, children who use SSRI antidepressants during clinical studies had almost twice the risk of attempting or seriously contemplating suicide, as compared with children taking a placebo pill.
Since the first warning was released nine months ago from British medical authorities, the FDA has added a warning to SSRI labels, cautioning doctors to closely monitor pediatric users. However, the FDA has not officially disclosed any information about the newest study, and allegedly will not discuss the findings until their September meeting.
For the full report, please see '2nd FDA Review Confirms Antidepressant Risks: Report' (Aug 10 2004) at HealthCentral News (http://www.healthcentral.com/).
Suicidal tendencies may be even higher in bipolar children taking SSRI antidepressants. See a press release from the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation: 'Parents of bipolar children praise FDA warnings on antidepressants, suicidality.'
Posted by Julia at August 11, 2004 05:08 PM
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I can confirm this. I have made several suicide attempts, including a trip to N.I.B.H. suicide clinic. My antidepressants started making me feel as if I had two people in my head. Ive stopped taking them. I woke up feeling like another person, (the person I used to be), than after the 1st addressing of an issue I was staring in a mirror and find my mental process completely changed. As soon as this changed recurred to make me the person I Have been this passed year, I quickly sat down and started smoking some marijuana witch amplified the feeling I was having. I felt more disconnected with the world, almost apathetic for the world. The normal suicide feeling is overwhelming, as I keep looking at my 410 shotgun. When I committed my robbery offenses long ago, I felt this same way. The worlds problems are only amplified, the oppression we suffer is ever so obvious. My family fears for my future, and I no longer seek help. While my fridge remains full of these pills, am I supposed to allow them to change me? They cant see how deathly sensitive to lives problems I have become. While know I know why, whenever pear pressure into smoking with my friends, I only wanted to socialize as I had no friends, and they only wanted to abuse a drug. Thus when we all joined to smoke commutatively, they would always rush me into smoking, say I always talked to much, and postponed smoking. I was trying to avoid it, as the person, nice, caring, and sensitive to peoples, and living feelings and emotions, no longer strives for existence, with ideas of a future. Instead I continue to stay awake, as I don't want to go back to the fool I used to be. About 3 weeks ago, that best friend that pressure me, who was on work release in Washington County, for his second robbery offense, the first one with me when we were kids, breaking into a candy stand. As I committed one years later attempting to rob an atm, all those records are know disposed of thanks to daddys money. As for my friend, he overdosed on a syntetic drug, hes always been one for oxy, long before I ever used it. He had a day called oxy day. This was the day he reupped and snorted usual over 120mg going comotossed. This occured in front of every single one of his friends, nut much of friends. He than convinced me once to rail some XTC, that was largly made of meth, and heroin. Two weeks later after continuous usage I went to the hosptile for heart complications. I checked myself out, my father had brought me in. I dont remember to well what occured this night. My parents are divorced, so my mother does live with him. My friend most certainly overdosed on methadone. He knew how many to take, he killed himself. My dreams are becoming undaughntly latley. Two days ago one of my female friends male friend about 15 hung himself. Our government doesn't care for these lower class. They spit on them like they do I. Last week As I was saying, I have no friends, because they all want something from me, and I was just banned from my favorite online MMORPG. World Of Warcraft. I spit on them, the entire community wanted me out of the game, I was banned because they wanted me gone. I'm to good for them. Alls im glad to say, is im GLAD im not in criminal persecution by our government, or I would really be fucked "cant pass a UA." lol
AS A NOTE incase my IP is being logged I AM IN NO PRESENT DANGER, AND DO NOT NEED, OR SEEK ANY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. IM IN A SAFE, WARM PLACE, AND WISH NOT TO BE BOTHERED.
Posted by: Annoynmous at January 31, 2007 02:27 AM
Whoops! I should have read that article before I started smoking last year when I turned 18! 0o
Posted by: oops! at January 31, 2007 02:50 AM
Sadly, I have had increased suicidal feelings, thus is why I started seeking medical attention once again. This time, they will treat me, because I have agreed to kick my one year habit of constant marijuana smoking. While this will be hard, I will also work to get anti anxiety medication prescribed, as thus was the reason I started smoking Marijuana in the first place. I wish I could go back to when I started, and throw a curve ball, stop the events that have unfolded from happening. While it scares me that I have tried to kill myself, I know I must live on, as our hearts continue to beat, our blood flows, the sun will rise another day, and set once again. Ill post updates in the next coming month, as thats when the majority of my changes will occur. What I want is to live a normal life, without in some cases feeling crazy. To have a job, to go to collage. We will see. Death is a weak mans choice out. As I fear what happens after death, I don't think that would be an a wise decision. Now that I am seeking medical help feel free to email me, if your curious about my progress, and recessions, as I'm sure I will have both. Hopefully more progression than anything.
Posted by: MADplant at January 31, 2007 03:35 PM
After speaking with someone to determine and help understand my mental illnesses, I have been told that my problems are drug related, and that no medication will be given until im clean for at least 6 months. Also, that I dont have this illness, but rather an antisocial disorder, in which theres no medication. It has been 5 days since I have smoke marijuana and I plan to soon start smoking again.
Posted by: noone at February 1, 2007 12:24 PM