Posts Tagged 'SSRI'

Drug maker apologizes for birth defects

The German manufacturer of the drug thalidomide, which has been blamed for about 10,000 birth defects, has issued its first apology to victims in 50 years, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.

Harald Stock, chief executive of the Grünenthal Group, made the apology during a speech at the unveiling of a thalidomide memorial, a bronze statue of a limbless child.

Addressing the victims and their families, he said “…we have been silent, and we ...

continue reading...

Postpartum depression has own set of symptoms

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide information for women who are concerned they might be suffering from postpartum depression, or depression that occurs after having a baby.

Clinical depression in general is marked by a persistent low or sad mood, often accompanied by problems in thinking; a loss of interest in fun activities; and changes in eating, sleep, and energy.

The symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to symptoms for ...

continue reading...

Article questions psychiatry’s reliance on drugs

In an article for the New York Review of Books, Marcia Angell examines the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as well as several recent books by mental health professionals that take a critical look at modern psychiatry’s over-reliance on pharmaceuticals.

She writes that the books “document the ‘frenzy’ of diagnosis, the overuse of drugs with sometimes devastating side effects, and widespread conflicts of ...

continue reading...

Book takes critical look at antidepressant marketing

Scientific American recently reviewed the book “The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth,” which takes a critical look at antidepressants, and at the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and market them.

According to the review, Kirsch took a thorough look at all the data from experiments with antidepressants several years ago. He came to the conclusion that antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft work about as well as sugar pills given to ...

continue reading...

Authors explore mental illness ‘epidemic’

An article in the New York Review of Books takes a look at three recent titles exploring a current American phenomenon that writer Marcia Angell terms a “rampaging epidemic of mental illness.”

The three titles are: The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
by Irving Kirsch; Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker; and Unhinged: The Trouble With ...

continue reading...

Patients getting hooked on antidepressants

According to a story on the NBC News Website, some patients who take antidepressants experience severe withdrawal symptoms when they try to go off the drugs – raising concerns that they’re essentially stuck taking them for the rest of their lives.

The report quotes a patient named Gina O’Brien as saying she feels that she’s now hooked on the drug and that its manufacturer controls her.

An inability to stop taking antidepressants could ...

continue reading...
Page 4 of 14 «...23456...»