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Re: Lou's reply-knoarmul? Lou PIlder

Posted by SLS on April 3, 2010, at 14:17:00

In reply to Lou's reply-knoarmul? SLS, posted by Lou PIlder on April 3, 2010, at 13:32:27

Hi Lou.

Untoward psychiatric side effects are not exclusive to psychiatric drugs. Prednisone is a leading example of how a drug critical to the healing of disease can produce psychosis and depression. There a risks along with the benefits. It is incumbent upon the treating physician to monitor for the evolution of these side effects and address them accordingly. There are at least two scenarios by which a patient being treated with an antidepressant can express suicidality as a treatment-emergent effect. A good physician recognizes this, and must monitor a patient closely early in treatment. It is unfortunate that there has been such a dearth of study of these phenomena, as it would prove instructive to ascertain their frequency. It is my impression that it occurs in a small minority of cases.

I will yield to you here.

I have discussed this issue with others several times in the past. It has many facets and requires some effort to address them all. At the moment, I am not interested in revisiting it. I recognize and appreciate your passions and intentions. However, I very much disagree with your conclusions. Unfortunately, there still remains a backlash against the use of psychiatric drugs, even though they save lives and reduce suffering when used intelligently. For now, my primary concern is that the drugs you would have taken away from me remain available, as they do afford me a reduction of pain and suffering.

- Scott




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