Posted by SLS on August 26, 2009, at 6:19:37
In reply to Re: Do Antidepressants extend lifespan?, posted by bleauberry on August 23, 2009, at 17:02:40
You show a lot of courage to post your views, and even more courage to continue to post in the face of opposition. However, you made statements in a manner that would lead a reasonable person to believe they were fact. It is your privilege to post in any manner you wish. I don't doubt that you have a sense of duty to inform people of things you believe will harm them. In kind, I have the privilege, and perhaps the duty, to challenge your opinions, especially since they are stated as fact rather than being qualified as opinions.
The onus is really on you to provide supporting evidence for your statements. I don't know if I will continue posting along this thread about your contentions, but if I do, it is not up to me to disprove anything you have to say. However, I will want to evaluate any supporting evidence you have for your views, and then reevaluate my own belief system.
I believe that the consequences of people acting upon your statements as if they were fact can lead to deleterious behavior, and perhaps shorten their life. That major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder are associated with cardiovascular disease and a shortened life-span is but one fact that I feel you must take into consideration.
> > Do Antidepressants extend lifespan?
> > No.
> > Longterm followup studies show it.
> > Stress is not reduced.
> > Suicides are not reduced.
> > Underlying diseases progress while misdiagnosed as depression.
> > New diseases/syndromes are created.
> > Remissions are a minority and commonly relapse within 3 years.
> > Actually unmedicated depression patients who just try to live as healthy as they can the remainder of their miserable lives live longer than the medicated ones.
> I can't believe you wrote all of these things.
> I disagree with everything.
> However, I have a mind that is ready to take a look at any citations you would like to provide us with.
> Those are some very weighty conclusions you have come to. I would recommend that anyone who is inclined to be influenced by your post do their own research.
> What turned you? Disappointment?
> - Scott