Monday, November 19, 2018 AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A professor at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta is responding to a study about a PTSD drug with one of his own. The drug Prazosin is used for treating high blood pressure as well as PTSD-related sleep problems. A study looked into whether the drug could reduce suicidal thoughts. A report on the study in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology states the drug may make nightmares and suicidal thoughts associated with PTSD even worse. “I think we have to view this as not the final word on this, but it raises questions,” says Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at MCG. Dr. McCall is looking for more information from PTSD experts, but says Prazosin could help a bit, but is most likely not the best option if suicide is an active concern in a patient. According to a press release from Augusta University, McCall’s pilot study is the first in which all participants … [Read more...] about Study: PTSD drug could cause worse nightmares, suicidal thoughts
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The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry's Covert AgendaEighty percent of war veterans treated for PTSD are given psychiatric drugs and government agencies spend $9 billion a year on their mental health budgets. Suicidal ideation is a black-box warning on psychiatric drugs given to our veterans. These drugs have never been shown to reduce risk or incidence of suicide. Shouldn’t this information be made known?”— Diane Stein, President of Citizens Commission on Human Rights of FloridaCLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- June has been designated PTSD Awareness Month by the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The purpose of this designation is to increase awareness of “a mental health problem that may develop after a person has been exposed to … traumatic events.” Events that may prompt being labeled with PTSD include threats to one’s life such as assault, wartime combat, terrorism, natural or … [Read more...] about Are PTSD Suicides Connected to Psychiatric Drug Treatment?
The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, both of whom died by suicide this past week, were not simply pop culture tragedies. They were the latest markers of an intractable public health crisis that has been unfolding in slow motion for a generation. Treatment for chronic depression and anxiety — often the precursors to suicide — has never been more available and more widespread. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week reported a steady, stubborn rise in the national suicide rate, up 25 percent since 1999. The rates have been climbing each year across most age and ethnic groups. Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Nearly 45,000 Americans killed themselves in 2016, twice the number who died by homicide. After decades of research, effective prevention strategies are lacking. It remains difficult, perhaps impossible, to predict who will die by suicide, and the phenomenon is extremely difficult for researchers to study. One … [Read more...] about Suicide is a public health crisis that defies explanation, answers
opinion Kirsten Powers Opinion columnist Published 7:01 p.m. UTC Jun 10, 2018 In September of 2004, I received the call that every person dreads: My father had dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of 61. It came at a time when I was already grappling with other issues, including watching my mother fight breast cancer for the preceding six months, a breakup with a boyfriend and a lack of structure in my life as I was freelancing as a consultant while I tried to determine what I wanted to do next with my career. I was in an emotional free fall, so I visited a psychiatrist. He said the antidepressant my general practitioner prescribed to help with my life-long struggle with anxiety wasn't what I needed, so he prescribed a new one. This seemed to only make things worse. Within a few days, I found myself thinking the unthinkable: I want to die. I couldn’t imagine a life without my father and our hours-long conversations about, well, … [Read more...] about Americans are depressed and suicidal because something is wrong with our culture
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByBenedict Carey June 8, 2018 The deaths of the designer Kate Spade and the chef Anthony Bourdain, both of whom committed suicide this week, were not simply pop culture tragedies. They were the latest markers of an intractable public health crisis that has been unfolding in slow motion for a generation. Treatment for chronic depression and anxiety — often the precursors to suicide — has never been more available and more widespread. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week reported a steady, stubborn rise in the national suicide rate, up 25 percent since 1999. The rates have been climbing each year across most age and ethnic groups. Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 45,000 Americans killed themselves in 2016, twice the number who died by … [Read more...] about How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a Public Health Crisis