I too agree that this is a topic that is very valid here and has been brought up many times on this site for many years. Every single anti-depressant has suicide warnings attached to them. I have been thinking that there should be a mandatory public data base containing information regarding the medications people were taking or had been prescribed and/or stopped taking in the months prior to their suicide, including those who perpetrate the ever more frequent incidents of mass murders in schools and other public places. I wonder what the 15 year old who killed his entire family recently was on. His father was a pastor, and fortunately he drove to his church with his arsenal instead of the mall which was his stated original intention.
It is my belief that these drugs can be extremely dangerous and most certainly led to the death of my son, especially in the lax manner in which they were prescribed- against protocol. While these drugs may help some, there is mounting evidence that the number of people they harm is far greater than the number of people they help. They can be insidious because they may have a short term benefit that not only does not last, but becomes a major detriment down the road. I can recall at least one person on this site relating how much she was helped by these meds, and several months later posting that they were no longer working, and that she was in one of the darkest mental and emotional states ever. I had a similar experience, realized I was experiencing many of the potential side effects with the drug (pristiq) that I had been given, and got off of it. I have also read that the more times a person goes on these meds, stops, and then starts them again, the more likely they are to experience greater deleterious effects, such as suicidal ideation and action, rage, and feelings of being out of control.
I know that there are people who have taken these meds for years and feel that they are benefitted by them. But there are independent studies now that show they are in the minority, and that even slight changes can wreak havoc. Nardil which is an old MAOI inhibitor is a prime example, when it's manufacturer was changed many people suffered greatly and were unable to continue it. David Foster Wallace took Nardil most of his adult years. After it changed noticed a marked decline in his well being and eventually, he suicided.
These drugs also interact with other meds and even food. I think that it is frankly insane that a PA or even a GP is allowed to prescribe such highly controversial and admittedly dangerous drugs. These drugs should only prescribed by well trained, well educated specialists, and supervision guidelines should be established and mandatory. Those who treat our most sensitive and vulnerable people in the callous, uneductated- just throw an AD at them and whatever else is currently being touted as the latest and greatest by the drug companies. The latest fad is to add anti-psychotics which are being marketed as anti depressant booster drugs,formerly reserved for schizophrenia. This was done to my son. To just expect a person to do well on such a dangerous combination without close observation and communication, is in my mind criminal. And not just in my mind. My son's death by suicide was given the legal opinion of Wrongful Death. I feel his doctors should be in jail for murder. My son wanted to live and wanted help with his suicidal ideation, and tried his hardest to stay here.
I too am sorry if anyone is offended by this. This is a grief issue however, and a highly important one. If someone posted about bullying, I doubt they would be told to take it elsewhere. In my opinion, our society is being bullied by drug companies, and the fact that they are now allowed to perform their own studies as opposed to non biased, outside, truly independent studies, is a travesty. Please do not shut this topic down. It is a very important one for survivors who are either utilizing these drugs or have lost loved ones who were taking them. Open communication in something we survivors keenly feel the need for. Education, and discussion are important and it is part of suicide loss. Many people have also posted about other meds that have helped them, such as anti anxiety meds or ADD meds. Again, I think the pros and cons of these things are relevant to grief and survival. In our culture they are almost inextricably linked. xo