April 14, 2008 |
As symptoms of depression go, there is none much clearer than having thoughts of suicide. But a spate of recent announcements from federal health officials suggests a surprising new interpretation of suicidal fantasies and the depression they are thought to signal: Sometimes, sadness, anxiety and self-destructive thoughts are not symptoms but side effects -- of medicine.
July 13, 2008 |
The Food and Drug Administration wants to add its most serious warning label to epilepsy drugs, based on evidence that they increase the risk of suicide in patients. FDA scientists have proposed adding a "black box" warning about suicide risks to all drugs used to treat seizures. An FDA analysis of nearly 200 studies showed that patients taking anti-seizure drugs were more likely to have suicidal thoughts and behaviors than those taking placebos. Although the reported problems were extremely rare, the FDA found that drug-treated patients faced about twice the risk.
June 1, 2012 |
Nancy Emsley says she once lectured Junior Seau about the dangers of taking a powerful sleep-aid drug without getting a full night's sleep afterward. "He just rolled his eyes," the friend and workout partner of the late football star said. Emsley's account, part of a USA Today article on the days leading up to Seau's suicide last month, is quite telling. It paints a picture of a seemingly carefree guy who also took powerful drugs, sometimes not as directed, to combat a sleep disorder.
May 3, 2007 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the strongest possible warning for antidepressants to alert doctors and patients that the drugs could increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in adults 18 to 24. The so-called black box warning follows a similar labeling change approved in 2004 for children and adolescents.
February 6, 2012 |
In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration announced that antidepressant packages should carry a "black box" warning describing an increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts in children and youths up to age 25. The FDA action triggered a significant decline in antidepressant use among children and teens. Now, however, an analysis suggests there is no reason to believe that antidepressants influence suicidal thinking in kids. The paper, published online Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry , analyzed data from 41 clinical trials involving more than 9,000 adults and children.
February 18, 2005 |
Adults taking popular antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as patients given a placebo, according to an analysis released Thursday of hundreds of clinical trials involving tens of thousands of patients. The results mirror a recent finding of the Food and Drug Administration that the drugs increase suicidal thoughts and behavior among some children, and they offer tangible support to concerns going back 15 years.
May 16, 2013 |
The U.S. military has faced two epidemics over the last decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. One is suicide. The annual rate of military personnel taking their own lives has doubled to about 20 per 100,000. That translated to a record 324 suicides in the Army last year. The other is concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The proliferation of roadside bombs has subjected thousands of troops to brain-rattling explosions. Several studies have suggested a link between the two epidemics - that service members who suffered concussions are at greater risk for suicide.
September 18, 2013 |
Glendale school officials have hired a firm to monitor the social media postings of their students, apparently in an effort to learn about potentially dangerous behavior such as cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, sexual harassment or drug use. The firm might turn up some troubling stuff, and even if it doesn't, knowing that Big Schoolmarm is watching might persuade some teenagers to show a little more caution about what they broadcast online, which would...
September 21, 1990 |
The Bucks County coroner, ignoring calls from citizens groups, said Thursday that he has no intention of reopening the investigation into the suicide of political activist Abbie Hoffman. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights and the Prozac Survivors Support Group--both offshoots of the Church of Scientology--had asked the coroner to reopen the case after it was learned that Hoffman took the controversial anti-depressant Prozac six weeks before his death. Dr.