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Antidepressant Review Shows Big Pharma Covers Up Links to Suicide

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

The largest-ever review of the effects of antidepressants on teens uncovered some incredibly disturbing findings, including that the drugs raise the risk of suicide in kids under 18.

Now, this link is nothing new. We just reported in September that the selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug Paxil was found to make teens suicidal.

In 2005, it was revealed that a Harvard psychiatrist and the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. hid a secret 1988 internal memo showing that Lilly’s own controlled clinical trials of the blockbuster antidepressant drug Prozac had a significantly higher rate of suicide attempts, hostility, violence, and psychosis than four other commonly used antidepressants in the 1980’s and 1990’s. [1]

The shocker is not that the medications can be more dangerous than depression itself, but the fact that drug companies are still lying about it.

Researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center, and University College London, analyzed 70 trials of the most common antidepressants, involving more than 18,000 people. They found that SSRI antidepressant drugs doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behavior in teens under 18 years of age. [2]

One child and adolescent psychiatrist cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

“The results from this study do not allow us to state that ‘antidepressants double the risk of aggression and suicide in children’,” said Dr. Mara Parellada, from the Complutense University of Madrid.

“There was no single death by suicide in children and adolescents in the 70 trials reviewed for the article.” [3]

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3 comments to Antidepressant Review Shows Big Pharma Covers Up Links to Suicide

  • rich

    New Press Release from Hope NOW for ALS

    “The NP001 Trial – Wrong on so many levels

    “The attached blog post* from our good friend at describes a disturbing trial design that must never be repeated. One cannot help but feel the pain and anguish of trial participants whose conditions improved while receiving the trial drug yet were denied access to the treatment at the end of the trial.
    1. We need a better means of analyzing data produced by small trials so the ALS community understands which drugs/treatments have a better shot at approval.
    2. We need the community and the investment banks to back the most promising treatments and place larger bets strategically to fully fund the next trials.
    3. We need adaptive trials – the flexibility to examine the data during the trial to allow identification of positive trends and to allow for changes to benefit current and future enrollees. If trials can be stopped for reasons of danger, they can likewise be modified in cases of favorable trends so that those patients experiencing benefits maintain access and are studied to determine the reason for the positive response. At the minimum we need crossover-style trials where placebo and active drug assignments are switched so all participants have access to the drug.
    4. We need patient participation in clinical trial design to ensure that trials are conducted humanely and that patients aren’t left to endure cruel “dry out” periods watching their disease inexorably strip away their independence and dignity, never to return.

    Hope NOW for ALS is actively engaged with data analytics firms and ALS researchers to develop and promote smarter and more humane trial designs. Modernizing clinical trials along with the other reforms mentioned, will allow smaller, faster (hence cheaper), and more accurate clinical trials that are also more humane. We believe we can turn the odds in favor of the patients and not the entrenched so-called “house”. The life of every person with ALS today depends on it.

  • KRELL427

    Best advice, stay away from all big pharma synthetic garbage unless in emergency situation. This is all part of The Rockefeller Medical Industrial Complex.

  • counterpoint

    Depression is the label society puts on a noticeable decline in an individual’s mental health. Depression is a byproduct of social isolation (self-induced/ostracism/abandonment), bullying, narcissistic and emotional abuse, long-term stress and anxiety, loss of a loved one, infidelity, health problems, financial problems, problems at school/work/home, transitioning to a new environment, etc. Most people know what it feels like to lose control in life and be depressed at one point or another but few know what it feels like when it becomes debilitating to the point where your head hurts all the time, when your hair falls out, when you can’t concentrate on anything, when it is difficult to get out of bed every morning, physical activity becomes painfully strenuous, you have no energy or drive for sex or life, and you contemplate suicide. It takes a lot to cause that level of suffering within someone but it happens all the time. Everyone goes through depression to one degree or another because everyone experiences grief. No one has a perfect life. Its part of the human experience and brief doses of grief/depression can actually be beneficial in shaping someone’s character for the better (in my opinion).

    Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry want you to believe that the only treatment for depression is medication in the form of anti-depressants and years of psychotherapy but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s just one giant scam so they can profit off the ignorance and suffering of some of the more vulnerable people in society. You are the only person who knows what is best for you at any given time, not the greed filled psychopaths of this world that just want you to keep trying their treatments and to pay them a little bit more. It never ends and they don’t really care about you. There is no treatment for depression other than love; the love you give to yourself as well as from others. But love is not something you can patent, put into a pill, and sell for a profit.

    People on anti-depressants who commit suicide reach a point where they realize that none of these “treatments” are helping them and none of the underlying factors that are causing their decline in mental health have been fixed or even addressed. They realize they’ve been scammed out of the love and respect they deserve and now are being scammed by these “treatments.” They give up on society and take their own life. For the system to recognize this would be to incriminate itself and that will never happen. Take care of yourself and surround yourself with people who sincerely love you and care about you. Don’t rely on the government or the medical establishment to take care of your mental health. The very way they operate is designed to drain you of your time, money, and energy and that leads to a deterioration of your mental health. Do what you love, listen to the music you love, eat right, make yourself happy, stay out of debt, get your finances in order, stay out of trouble, hit the gym, go swimming, fly a kite, grow a garden, arts & crafts, get a puppy, etc. Whatever makes you feel better and reduces your stress.

    If there is someone you know who is suffering from depression, the worst thing you can ever do to them is get a court order for an involuntary psychological evaluation. You will only put them through a mentally scarring experience, create more problems for them, and negatively affect their mental health even more. Also, they may also lose their 2nd Amendment rights. It will remain on their record forever even if its expunged (they show up in deep background searches). Don’t push them to see a psychiatrist or get help or snap out of it or anything like that.

    The best thing you can do for them is to talk to them, spend time with them, listen to them, compromise with them, encourage them, hug them, call them regularly, invite them out or over as much as possible, tell them you love them, tell them that you’re there for them, be there for them, have them move in with you if that’s what they need, etc. A healthy relationship is a two-way street so you have to give as well as take (give more!). Give them the love and support they need for a chance at pulling themselves out of their own depression. Be patient, as it may take a while for them to get better and heal (years). There will be ups and downs, but hopefully it will be a two steps forward and one step back kind of progress. Without help they may never get better and continue to deteriorate. Winter is the worst (SADD). For those who don’t get that kind of help they may reach a point where the damage to their mental health is irreversible and a level of permanent hopelessness.

    I honestly believe that if someone told you that they wanted to commit suicide and you told them that you understand and support their decision and were there for them for the process that they wouldn’t follow through. Sometimes, people are just desperate for someone to listens to them, to understand and agree, to reaffirm how they feel, etc. That by doing that they will receive some level of comfort from your empathy. Just something to think about. And I wholeheartedly believe that people have the right to end their lives but that other people should do everything in their power to empathize and be there for them.

    Remember, treat other people the way you would want to be treated if you were in their situation. This is where Jesus, what he taught (love), and Christianity come in (NOT religion).

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