Anti-Depressants and Suicidal Behavior

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Clinical depression is commonly treated with anti-depressants called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. SSRI's have been called the -miracle cure- for a disease that can lead to suicide. They also add up to a billion-dollar business. Yet some critics contend that anti-depressants make symptoms worse, especially in children, increasing the danger that patients will kill themselves. The Food and Drug Administration itself is divided about the benefits and risks. Is there real cause for alarm about anti-depressants or is it over-reaction to an effective treatment of a devastating mental disease? We learn about drug-company studies with negative evidence that have never been published as Warren Olney investigates the controversy over anti-depressants with clinical psychiatrists in the US and Britain, an attorney representing alleged victims of SSRI's, and a consumer-rights advocate from the National Mental Health Association.
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Los Angeles Times article on publication of censored pictures and documents

Committee on the Safety of Medicine on SSRI use in children

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory on anti-depressant use in children

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

European Union's consideration of new commissioners

The UN on Iraq

The US on Iraq



Warren Olney