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    Saturday, December 31, 2016

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Tricyclic antidepressants associated with 1.7 times greater risk of attempted suicide in elderly

    People over the age of 65 taking a tricyclic antidepressant were 1.7 times more likely to attempt suicide or self harm during the study period compared to when antidepressants were not being used according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:25 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    SSRI use associated with 2.2 times greater risk of attempted suicide in the elderly

    People over the age of 65 taking a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) were 2.2 times more likely to attempt suicide or self harm during the study period compared to when antidepressants were not being used according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:20 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Other antidepressants associated with 5.2 times greater risk of attempted suicide in elderly

    People over the age of 65 taking mirtazapine (Remeron) or venlafaxine (Effexor), referred to as “other antidepressants”, were 5.2 times more likely to attempt suicide or self harm during the study period compared to when antidepressants were not being used according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:05 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Other antidepressant use in those over 65 associated with 1.7 times greater risk of dying

    People over the age of 65 taking mirtazapine (Remeron) or venlafaxine (Effexor), referred to as “other antidepressants”, were 1.7 times more likely to die during the study period compared to when antidepressants were not being used according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:50 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    SSRI use in those over 65 associated with 1.7 times greater risk of falling

    People over the age of 65 taking a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) for depression were 1.7 times more likely to fall (and 1.6 times more likely to get a fracture) compared to when antidepressants were not being used according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:45 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Other antidepressant use in those over 65 associated with 1.4 times greater risk of stroke

    People over the age of 65 taking mirtazapine (Remeron) or venlafaxine (Effexor), referred to as “other antidepressants”, were 1.4 times more likely to have an ischemic stroke (where a blood clot interrupts the flow of blood) or transient ischemic attack during the study period compared to when antidepressants were not being used according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:35 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Other antidepressants in those over 65 associated with 2.2 times greater risk of seizure

    People over the age of 65 taking mirtazapine (Remeron) or venlafaxine (Effexor), referred to as “other antidepressants”, were 2.2 times more likely to have a seizure during the study period compared to when antidepressants were not being used according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:32 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    All-cause mortality 16% higher over one year when older patients take tricyclic antidepressants

    All-cause mortality over one-year was 16% higher (after adjustments) in people over 65 taking a tricyclic antidepressant compared to when patients were not taking an antidepressant according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

    The absolute death rate was 8.12% over one year in those taking a tricyclic antidepressant compared to 7.04% for those not taking an antidepressant.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:30 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    All-cause mortality 54% higher over one year when older patients take SSRI’s

    All-cause mortality over one-year was 54% higher in people over 65 taking other serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) compared to when patients were not taking an antidepressant according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:25 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    All-cause mortality 51% higher over one year when older patients take an SSRI

    All-cause mortality over one-year was 51% higher in people over 65 taking a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant compared to when patients were not taking an antidepressant according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

    The absolute death rate was 10.61% over one year in those taking a tricyclic antidepressant compared to 7.04% for those not taking an antidepressant.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:20 am | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    All-cause mortality 66% higher over one year when older patients taking other antidepressants

    All-cause mortality over one-year was 66% higher in people over 65 taking mirtazapine (Remeron) or venlafaxine (Effexor), referred to as “other antidepressants”, compared to when patients were not taking an antidepressant according to a 2011 study from the U.K.

    The absolute death rate was 11.43% over one year in those taking a other antidepressants compared to 7.04% for those not taking an antidepressant.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:10 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, December 28, 2016

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking amitriptyline for depression were 1.7-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking amitriptyline (Elavil) were 1.7-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 2:40 pm | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking escitalopram for depression were 2.3-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking escitalopram (Lexapro) were 2.3-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 2:30 pm | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking citalopram for depression were 2.6-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking citalopram (Celexa) were 2.6-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 2:15 pm | [0] comments

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking fluoxetine for depression were 2.6-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking fluoxetine (Prozac) were 2.6-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking sertraline for depression were 2.9-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking sertraline (Zoloft) were 2.9-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking paroxetine for depression were 4-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking paroxetine (Paxil) were 4-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking trazodone for depression were 5-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking trazodone (Oleptro) were 5-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking venlafaxine for depression were 5.7-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking venlafaxine (Effexor) were 5.7-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    People taking mirtazapine for depression were 9.5-times more likely to commit suicide over 5 years

    Research shows that antidepressants increase the risk of suicide.

    People given a diagnosis of depression who were taking mirtazapine (Remeron) were 9.5-times more likely to commit suicide over the next five (5) years compared to people given a diagnosis of depression who were taking no antidepressants according to a recent analysis.

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    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    HARMS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Antidepressants increase the risk of seizure 1.5 to 5.4-fold

    Antidepressant use is associated with an increased risk of seizures / epilepsy according to a study from UK researchers.

    The increased risk of seizures is as follows:

                                                                                                                                               
    AntidepressantIncreased Risk of Seizure
    Amitriptyline (Elavil)1.9-fold
    Dosulepin2.2-fold
    Lofepramine 3.1-fold
    Trazodone5.4-fold
    Citalopram (Celexa)2.0-fold
    Escitalopram (Lexapro)1.5-fold
    Fluoxetine (Prozac)1.5-fold
    Paroxetine (Paxil)2.0-fold
    Sertraline (Zoloft) 1.6-fold
    Venlafaxine (Effexor)2.8-fold

     

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    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzodiazepines kill more than 500,000 people per year

    Short-term randomized trials of older people show that antipsychotics kill one (1) out of every 100 people notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

    In people 65 and older in the USA and Europe alone, antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzodiazepines kill more than 500,000 people per year Dr. Gøtzsche estimates.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 4:43 pm | [0] comments

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Addiction to antidepressants, Peter Gøtzsche, MD

    It can take months or years to get off of an antidepressant and some people never succeed notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

    Withdrawal symptoms of antidepressants are very similar to those of benzodiazepines, 37 of 42 symptoms were the same, Dr. Gøtzsche notes.

    Half of patients say that they are dependent on [addicted to] antidepressants and it is difficult to stop.

    In 2003, the W.H.O. reported that fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft) were among the top 30 highest ranking drugs for which drug dependence had ever been reported.

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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Antidepressants are not effective says Peter Gotzsche, MD

    Antidepressants have been found to have very little effect when compared to an active placebo—a placebo which causes dry mouth so that neither the patients nor the researchers can guess who is getting the real drug—notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

    He notes that the effect of the real antidepressants—tricyclic antidepressants in these trials—found a difference of only 1.3 points on the Hamilton Depression Scale, but the smallest effect that can be perceived is 5-6 points.

    [Note: Studies show that serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSIR’s) are no more effective than tricyclic antidepressants.]

    [For example, a meta-analysis published in 2000 which compared the efficacy of these two classes of drugs concluded that “There is no overall difference in efficacy between SSRIs and TCAs [tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline].”]

    Patients improve by the same amount naturally within a few days

    Dr. Gøtzsche also notes that other antidepressant studies have found that it only takes a few days longer for the placebo group to improve by 1.3 points on the Hamilton Depression Scale which is simply the spontaneous remission of the disease.

    In other words, antidepressants have very little effect and most of the improvement that people experience over time is simply the natural, spontaneous remission of the depression.

    I realized this in 1994 when my mother was told to take an antidepressant for two months to see if it was going to work, followed by another antidepressant for two months, followed by another antidepressant.

    At the time I thought how incredibly ineffective these drugs must be if it takes two months for them to have an effect.

    Below is a quote of exactly what Dr. Gøtzsche wrote.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 2:22 pm | [0] comments

    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Antidepressants cause 15 times more suicides than the FDA claims says Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

    “Under-reporting of deaths in [drug] industry funded trials [of antidepressants] is another major flaw. Based on some of the randomised trials that were included in a meta-analysis of 100,000 patients by the US Food and Drug Administration, I have estimated that there are likely to have been 15 times more suicides among people taking antidepressants than reported by the FDA,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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    Sunday, August 14, 2016

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Antidepressants’ benefit is clinically meaningless compared to a placebo says Harvard researcher

    The supposed benefit of prescription antidepressants is clinically meaningless when compared to a placebo notes Irving Kirsch, PhD from Harvard Medical School.

    When analyzing data from both published and unpublished studies of prescription antidepressants, Irving Kirsch found a difference between antidepressants and a placebo were only 1.8 points on the Hamilton Depression Scale.

    “The [Hamilton Depression Scale] is a 17-item scale on which people can score from 0 to 53 points, depending on how depressed they are,” Kirsh writes.

    “A six-point [6-point] difference can be obtained just by changes in sleep patterns, with no change in any other symptom of depression.”

    “The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which drafts treatment guidelines for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, has established a three-point difference [3-point difference] between drug and placebo on the [Hamilton Depression Scale] as a criterion of clinical significance.

    “Thus, when published and unpublished data are combined, they fail to show a clinically significant advantage for antidepressant medication over inert placebo.”

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Antidepressants benefits due to the placebo effect mostly, if not entirely, says Harvard researcher

        “Antidepressants are supposed to work by fixing a chemical imbalance, specifically, a lack of serotonin in the brain,” writes Irving Kirsch, PhD from Harvard Medical School.

        “Indeed, their supposed effectiveness is the primary evidence for the chemical imbalance theory.

        “But analyses of the published data and the unpublished data that were hidden by drug companies reveals that most (if not all) of the benefits are due to the placebo effect.

        “Some antidepressants increase serotonin levels, some decrease it, and some have no effect at all on serotonin.

        “Nevertheless, they all show the same therapeutic benefit.

        “Even the small statistical difference between antidepressants and placebos may be an enhanced placebo effect, due to the fact that most patients and doctors in clinical trials successfully break blind [and figure out who is taking the drug, and who is taking the placebo, biasing the results].

        “The serotonin theory is as close as any theory in the history of science to having been proved wrong.

        “Instead of curing depression, popular antidepressants may induce a biological vulnerability making people more likely to become depressed in the future.”

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    For mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than a placebo, Irving Kirsch, PhD

    For mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than a placebo, Dr. Irving Kirsch, a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, said in an interview on Sunday, February 19, 2012 on the television show "60 Minutes".

    "The difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people", Dr. Kirsch said.

    "Whatever difference there would be, would be clinically insignificant."

    "If they were mildly or moderately depressed, you don't see any real difference at all," Dr. Kirsch notes 4.5-miuntes into the video.

    "The only place you get a real difference is at the extreme levels of depression." (4.5-minutes into the video). Read the entire article | Email this article
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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Antidepressants increase the risk of relapse into depression says Harvard researcher

        “Among the side effects of antidepressants are sexual dysfunction (which affects 70–80% of patients on SSRIs), long-term weight gain, insomnia, nausea, and diarrhea,” writes Irving Kirsch, PhD from Harvard Medical School.

        “Approximately 20% of people attempted to quit taking antidepressants show withdrawal symptoms.

        “Antidepressants have been linked to increases in suicidal ideation among children and young adults.

        “Older adults have increased risks of stroke and death from all causes.

        “Pregnant women using antidepressants are at increased risk of miscarriage, and if they don’t miscarry, their offspring are more likely to be born with autism, birth malformations, persistent pulmonary hypertension, and newborn behavioral syndrome.

        “Furthermore, some of these risks have been linked to antidepressant use during the first trimester of pregnancy, when women may not be aware that they are pregnant.

        “Perhaps the most surprising health consequence of antidepressant use is one that affects people of all ages.

        “Antidepressants increase the risk of relapse after one has recovered.

        “People are more likely to become depressed again after treatment by antidepressants than after treatment by other means – including placebo treatment.

        “Furthermore, the degree to which the risk of relapse increases depends on the degree to which the particular antidepressant used changes neurotransmission in the brain.

        “Given these health risks, antidepressants should not be used as a first-line treatment for depression.”


    —Kirsch, 2014, Bottom of page 132, column 1

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    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    The FDA’s Flawed System of How Antidepressants Get Approved; Negative Trials Ignored

    Irving Kirsch, PhD from Harvard Medical School tells how antidepressants get approved by the FDA and why it is a flawed system.

    Only Two Positive Drugs Studies Needed for Approval, While Negative Trials Ignored

    He notes that drug companies only have to provide two studies showing positive results to get a drug approved regardless of how many trials failed to show any benefit.

    “The FDA requires two adequately conducted clinical trials showing a significant difference between drug and placebo,” Kirsch writes.

    “But there is a loophole: There is no limit to the number of trials that can be conducted in search of these two significant trials.

    “Trials showing negative results simply do not count.

    “Furthermore, the clinical significance of the findings is not considered.

    “All that matters is that the results are statistically significant.”

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 10:38 am | [0] comments

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    You can get the same benefit without drugs if you are mildly or moderately depressed, Irving Kirsch

    "You can get the same benefit without drugs [if you are mildly or moderately depressed]," said Dr. Irving Kirsch on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (13-minutes into the video).

    Dr. Kirsch is a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, who says that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than placebo. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 10:20 am | [0] comments

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Physical exercise improves mild depression as much as antidepressants notes UK’s Dr. Tim Kendall

    Physical exercise is a treatment prescribed for the mildly depressed in Great Britain noted 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl, on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (12-minutes into the video).

    "By the end of 10 weeks, you get just as good a change in their depression scores as you do at the end of 10 or 12 weeks with an antidepressant," noted Dr. Tim Kendall, a practicing psychiatrist and Joint Director of the National Collaboration Centre for Mental Health who reviewed both published and unpublished studies of antidepressants for Great Britain's National Health Service. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 10:10 am | [0] comments

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Great Britain found that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants were not effective

    "We came to the conclusion, that for mild to moderate depression, these drugs probably weren't worth having," noted Dr Tim Kendall, a practicing psychiatrist and Joint Director of the National Collaboration Centre for Mental Health who reviewed both published and unpublished studies of antidepressants.

    "Like [Dr.] Irving Kirsch, they were surprised by what they found in the drug companies unpublished data," noted 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl.
    .
    "With the published evidence, it's significantly overestimated the effectiveness of these drugs, and it underestimated the side effects," noted Dr. Kendall.

    Great Britain's National Health Service decided to dramatically revamp the way that antidepressants are prescribed 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl noted on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (10-minutes into the video).

    It did so after doing it's own review of clinical trials, Stahl noted. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 9:59 am | [0] comments

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    The FDA requires only two studies show positive results to approve a drug

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will approve an antidepressant or any other drug if only two trials show positive results, regardless of whether there are numerous other studies showing that the drugs are no more effective than a placebo. This fact was noted on the television show "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (8.5-minutes into the video).

    "To approve any drug, the [US] Food and Drug Administration merely requires that companies show their pill is more effective than a placebo in two clinical trials even if many other drug trials failed," 60-Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl noted.

    "The FDA for antidepressants has a fairly low bar. A new drug can be no better than placebo in ten trials, but if two trials show its better, it gets approved," noted Walter Brown, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University’s School of Medicine.

    "That's not the way I would do it if I were King," Dr. Brown noted. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 9:50 am | [0] comments

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    The serotonin deficiency theory of depression is probably not correct says Walter Brown, MD

    Walter Brown, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University's School of Medicine, questions the theory that depression is caused by a deficiency of serotonin as was noted in an interview he did on "60 MInutes" on Sunday, February 19, 2012 (8-minutes into the video).

    "The experts in the field now believe that that theory [of serotonin deficiency as the cause of depression] is a gross oversimplification, and is probably not correct," Dr. Brown said. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 9:40 am | [0] comments

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    17 million Americans taking antidepressants

    Seventeen (17) million Americans are taking antidepressants according to a story on Sunday, February 19, 2012 on the television show "60 MInutes" which interviewed Dr. Irving Kirsch, a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, who says that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than placebo. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 9:20 am | [0] comments

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    Sales of antidepressants total $11.3 billion per year

    Sales of antidepressants total $11.3 billion per year according to a story on Sunday, February 19, 2012 on the television show "60 MInutes" which interviewed Irving Kirsch, a psychologist from Harvard University who has been studying placebos for 36 years, who says that for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants are no better than placebo. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 9:00 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 03, 2016

    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Getting rid of all antidepressants would improve health, lengthen life says Prof. Peter Gotzsche MD

    “Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm—by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs, and dementia drugs (as the small effects are probably the result of unblinding bias) and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
        “This would lead to healthier and more long lived populations.
        “Because psychotropic drugs are immensely harmful when used long term, they should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients.
        “We need new guidelines to reflect this.”

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 7:41 am | [0] comments

    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Many patients have become dependent on antidepressants & psychiatric drugs, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

    We also need widespread withdrawal clinics because many patients have become dependent on psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, and need help so that they can stop taking them slowly and safely,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 7:32 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, August 02, 2016

    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

    Psychiatric drugs kill 500,000 people each year in the US and EU, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

    Psychiatric drugs are responsible for the deaths of more than half a million people aged 65 and older each year in the Western world [in the US and the European Union],” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

    Later in the article he writes,
        “I used Danish prescription statistics to estimate the number of deaths caused by these three classes of drugs.
        “Because falls, which are much more common in older people, are an important cause of death in people taking psychotropic drugs, I included only people at least 65 years of age and used conservative death rates: 1% for antipsychotics, 1% for benzodiazepines and similar drugs, and only 2% for antidepressants.
        “The total number of deaths a year in Denmark (3693) when scaled up corresponded to 539,000 in the United States and European Union combined.”

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