FDA Warnings May Cause More Suicides


pillsA study published Wednesday argues that government warnings about the risks for young people taking antidepressants may have resulted in more suicides.

The study claims that an unintended consequence of the warnings was that depressed young people were discouraged from seeking treatment, which led to an increase in suicide attempts.

In 2003 and 2004, the Food and Drug Administration had warned the public that data showed more suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents prescribed SSRIs, and told manufacturers to put a “black-box” warning on labels describing the risk.

Researchers in the study said that the ensuing publicity focused on the small number of patients who had increased suicidal thoughts, and overshadowed those who benefited. As a result, the study says, prescriptions dropped precipitously, and the number of suicide attempts grew by more than 20 percent in adolescents and one-third in young adults. Read more at The Washington Post.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. When the antidepressants begin working the patient is still severely depressed, however he has improved ever so slightly that he wants to better his situation, at his extremely low place the only improvement he can think of is death – to escape
    So it’s obvious antidepressants will make someone suicidal in the beginning with or without the label

  2. dont think that the meds are the cause. think it goes a little deeper. lets try fixing the cause and not finding excuses

  3. Of course, Mental Illnesses, Lo Alaynu, are severely terrible things. Probably equally serious though, are the many problems that can come with the modern synthetically created pharmaceutical psycho-tropic medications that modern psychiatry uses to treat Mental Illnesses.

    A number of years ago, the monthly magazine of the news web site “wnd.com,” the “Whistleblower,” had an excellent comprehensive cover story on this subject. It documented numerous cases that strongly indicated that the psychiatric medications used not only did not give relief to the patients’ problems, they instead made the patients 1,000% WORSE and even SEVERELY VIOLENT.

    (See http://superstore.wnd.com/SUBSCRIPTIONS/2007-2005/Whistleblower-Single-Issue-July-2007.)