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Antidepressant-Induced Suicidal Ideation

Brennan McCartney was 18 years old when he went to the doctor... Cipralex caused Brennan to commit suicide.
An increase in suicidal thoughts is a known and serious side-effect for various types of antidepressants. 

Recent studies suggest that there may be some genetic factors that increase the risk for this reaction. A new study, in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, identifies two specific genetic variants that are associated with worsening suicidal ideation in patients taking antidepressants.
The researchers led by Geraldine Voegeli of the VA San Diego Healthcare System did genotype testing on 78 patients who experienced a worsening of suicidality while on antidepressants and compared the results to patients in antidepressants who did not report a worsening of these symptoms. They found that two common genetic variants affecting the neurotrophin pathway, involved in the development and function of neurons, were associated with antidepressant-worsening suicidal ideation.
Voegeli, G., Ramoz, N., Shekhtman, T., Courtet, P., Gorwood, P. and Kelsoe, J.R., 2016. Neurotrophin Genes and Antidepressant-Worsening Suicidal Ideation: A Prospective Case-Control StudyInternational Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, p.pyw059. (Full Text)

Researchers Investigate Antidepressant-Induced Suicidal Ideation

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog organization dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is demanding an investigation into the link between antidepressants and teen suicides. 

According to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for teenagers in Florida [i] and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry also reported in a March 2013 study on the topic of teen suicide that there is a link between suicide and psychiatric treatment.[ii] 

The JAMA study reported that the teens were put on psychiatric drugs before they started having suicidal thoughts or making suicide attempts and the drugs did nothing to prevent it. In fact, their own study showed 55% -77% of the teens that developed suicidal behavior did so after being treated with psychiatric medication

Tragically, many parents of teenagers are unaware of the connection between psychiatric drugs and teen suicide and so in an effort to help their child they unfortunately may end up with their teen in roll back, said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. 

Psychology Today reports, For years psychiatrists have known about something called ''roll back.'' Antidepressants sometimes have an activating effect that can give depressed patients the energy to follow through on suicidal impulses... 

In the Psychology Today article Dr. Robert Muller addresses the suicide of Brennan McCartney, described as fun-loving and good-natured by family and friends. Brennan went to the doctor in November of 2010 with a chest cold, but came home with a prescription for Cipralex, an antidepressant drug. His parents were astonished as they had seen no sign of depression in their son. According to a close family riend, Brennan was not a boy to hide his emotions, and everyone around him knew whether Brennan was happy or sad. Yet four days after beginning treatment with Cipralex, Brennan purchased a rope and hung himself.[iii] 

CCHR is demanding that the link between antidepressants and teen suicide be investigated and made known so that lives can be saved and this will be the issue we push during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month this coming September, said Diane Stein. 

To learn more, please call 727-442-8820 or visit [www.cchrflorida.org](http://www.cchrflorida.org/) for more information. 

About CCHR: 

Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHRs mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. 

It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the free world tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of mental health. 

After discovering that 55 percent of foster children in Florida had been prescribed powerful mind-altering psychotropic drugs, CCHR documented the abuse to the health department, which initiated changes that led to a 75 percent reduction in prescriptions for children under six. 

Considered a potentially abusive, marketing tool for psychiatrists, CCHR Florida led the charge that got Teen Screen, mental health screening of school children, banned from Pinellas County schools in 2005. 

[i] [ii] [iii] [http://www.cchrflorida.org/cchr-demands-investigat...](http://www.cchrflorida.org/cchr-demands-investigation-into-link-between-antidepressants-and-teen-suicides/)

CCHR Demands Investigation into Link between Antidepressants and Teen Suicides MENAFN Press  28/07/2016

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