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Re: Books

Posted by Elizabeth on November 5, 1999, at 23:26:03

In reply to Re: Books, posted by Tom on November 5, 1999, at 13:52:43

> Breggin defends people in court who have become suicidal and murderous on Prozac and have ruined their own lives and the lives of others because of Prozac.

So he's now impersonating a lawyer as well as impersonating a researcher?

> You may think thats not true, but it almost happened to me.

Sometimes, things happen while a person is taking a medication that are caused by something else (e.g., the person happens to catch a cold or have a heart attack at that time), and because of their timing they are misattributed to the medication. That two things occur at the same time does not imply that there must have been a cause-effect relationship between the two.

That said, the hype surrounding this issue has caused a number of researchers to look into whether SSRI drugs can cause increased suicidal ideation. Despite the lack of evidence of increased suicidal ideation, because of occasional case reports this is regarded as a possible rare side effect of these and other antidepressant drugs. It has been reported with all antidepressants, not just the SSRIs (the risk may be greater with amitriptyline and maprotiline), and in patients with a variety of primary diagnoses (depression, panic disorder, OCD, personality disorder, etc.; it's been suggested that those with histories of impulsive-aggressive behavior are at greater risk). It has been hypothesized that the cause is akathisia (a type of extrapyramidal effect), and a possible mechanism has been proposed. (This hypothesis remains untested.)

Tom, I haven't read your story in particular (I don't read all the threads), but I will gladly do so if you will tell me a thread title and date.

> Additionaly, the only thing I remember about you and Breggin in your previous postings was your petty personal attack regarding his presentation style.

Huh? If I had anything to say about his presentation style it would refer to his loaded word choice. However, what concerns me is that he uses his degree to claim credibility on subjects he doesn't really know much about -- pharmacology being an example.

> You may also think I'm from the Church of Scientology or some other radical group.

Not necessarily, but I think that you and people like you who are hurting and looking for a scapegoat are at risk for being sucked into cults (not necessarily Scientology in particular).




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