Doctors Still Doubt Antidepressants Can Trigger Suicide

“My daughter committed suicide in 1988 one month after being put on a new medicine called Prozac. She was not depressed, but Prozac was prescribed for an eating disorder…

In 1990 the first hint of a connection between fluoxetine and suicide was published (American Journal of Psychiatry, Feb. 1990).

The Harvard psychiatrists noted in this article that:

“Six depressed patients free of recent serious suicidal ideation developed intense, violent suicidal preoccupation after 2-7 weeks of fluoxetine treatment. This state persisted for as little as 3 days to as long as 3 months after discontinuation of fluoxetine. None of these patients had ever experienced a similar state during treatment with any other psychotropic drug.” …

If you are taking antidepressants for anything except Major Depressive Disorder, please be careful.

19 thoughts on “Doctors Still Doubt Antidepressants Can Trigger Suicide

    • It’s illogical to think that medications only provide benefits to everyone who takes them. I can only go by my own experiences, having been prescribed just about every kind of antidepressant under the moon for pain — and yes, if they had any effect at all, they made me sad and gave me thoughts of suicide.

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        • Well, it was a long time ago, but not that I remember. I was put on a lot of different antidepressants, titrated up to the maximum dosage, and when that didn’t have any effect, switched to a different one. It’s only looking back on the experience that I figured out a few of them caused sadness and thoughts of suicide. At the time, the sadness was blamed on my inability to manage the pain.

          But I’ve read a lot of horror stories about what happens when people stop taking them. In my opinion, messing with your serotonin levels is not a good thing, unless you suffer from Major Depressive Disorder. The new information coming out on antidepressants kinda confirms this.

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        • I cold-turkeyed Paxil over and over again. Never had a problem. Went off Prozac cold turkey too, but I was threatening to slice my wrists so they weren’t going to leave me to wean off that.

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  1. The first antidepressant they put me on before checking for Bipolar was Prozax. I went seriously manic and then tried to commit suicide. They didn’t even bother getting a real diagnosis first.

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  2. From what I know an anti-depressants won’t make you feel better but rather they numb you. If you are feeling tense or frustrated an anti-depressant will remove that feeling, but it will also stop you feeling positive. Thus the medicine might make you worst. This is why it’s vital they get the diagnosis right and choose the right course of action. especially since drugs alone wont help people in the long term.

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