Psychology Today: Newtown Shootings a Caution About Violence and SSRIsSubmitted by Sue4theBillofrights on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 20:22
Newtown Shootings: A Caution About Violence and SSRIs: SSRIs rank high in the top ten drugs that cause violence
Published on December 20, 2012 by Lennard J. Davis in Obsessively Yours
As the debate moves forward about how to keep events like the shooting in Newtown from happening, the inevitable topic that comes up is how to best detect and treat young people with mental illness.
Many of our politicians have opined on this subject, sometimes as a way of deflecting from the issue of gun control. While it is obvious that better screening and treatment of troubled adolescents can be of enormous benefit, we also have to exercise caution.
The reason for the note of caution is that when a typical young person is diagnosed with depression and/or a host of anti-social conditions, the standard treatment offered is SSRI’s [Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors] also known as Prozac-like drugs. There has recently been a great deal of debate about the effectiveness of such medications.
But more relevant to the discussion, is that these very drugs we hope can treat mental illness are at the same time drugs that cause violent behavior including suicide and aggression toward others. In fact, SSRI’s are the leading drugs in a recent list compiled of the Top Ten Drugs that cause violent behavior....READ MORE http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/obsessively-yours/201212...
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