Posts Tagged ‘antidepressants’

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  1. Bogus “study” recruits mental patients with known disorders and tallies up which ones use cannabis. All they’ve discovered, via Occam’s Razor, is that mentally stressed individuals self-medicate. That’s it. It’s been old news for a long time. This is a repeat.
  2. Though they did measure for alcohol, I found a very curious omission indeed: no mention of anti-depressants or other psychiatric drugs! The ones whose labels explicitly warn of psychotic episodes.

FDA’s “Black Box” Warning on prescription drugs (2012 version):

“Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk: Patients, their families, and their caregivers should be encouraged to be alert to the emergence of anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, mania, other unusual changes in behavior, worsening of depression, and suicidal ideation, especially early during antidepressant treatment and when the dose is adjusted up or down. Families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a day-to-day basis, since changes may be abrupt. … Symptoms such as these may be associated with an increased risk for suicidal thinking and behavior and indicate a need for very close monitoring and possibly changes in the medication.” (FDA, 2012, emphasis added)

The media, including NPR, has run with this “study” using the implication that cannabis CAUSES the problem, when not even the authors dare to claim this. So, it has become a propaganda meme, not so much science.

Cannabis use is associated with increased risk of later psychotic disorder but whether it affects incidence of the disorder remains unclear.

Rigged studies are associated with finding what the researchers want to find!

This is more propaganda than science.

The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder…

We included patients aged 18–64 years who presented to psychiatric services in 11 sites across Europe and Brazil with first-episode psychosis and recruited controls representative of the local populations. We applied adjusted logistic regression models to the data to estimate which patterns of cannabis use carried the highest odds for psychotic disorder.

Say again? Now?

They assumed cannabis causes “psychotic disorder” and simply found that psychotic disorder patients like to self-medicate with cannabis. I wonder why?

“assuming causality,”

“…Nevertheless, it is not clear whether, at a population level, patterns of cannabis use influence rates of psychotic disorder.”

PS.

The very next fucking day!!!

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I’m getting tired of being correct so fucking often, but not getting paid for it.

 

Pregnancy/Antidpressant/Autism Link

Posted: December 15, 2015 in -
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Stay the hell away from these drugs…

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy increases risk of autism by 87 percent

“Our study has established that taking during the second or third trimester of pregnancy almost doubles the risk that the child will be diagnosed with autism by age 7, especially if the mother takes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, often known by its acronym SSRIs.” Her findings were published today in JAMA Pediatrics.

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A serious look at depression, and based on the memoir of a writer who had gotten a journalism scholarship to Harvard in the 80s. Of course, I only needed to know two things: naked + Christina Ricci.  I’m shallow like that, as readers will have already suspected.

So, this isn’t a sermon on the glory of Prozac, nor is it an indictment of these mind altering chemicals now handed out like candy on Halloween.  It lands somewhere in the middle.

Liz (Ricci), arrives at Harvard and proceeds to descend into madness.  With awards and a job writing articles for Rolling Stone magazine, the stress quickly sends her off the deep end.  Failing to sleep for days, she obsesses to the point where she’s dragged into a doctor by her friends.

Unable to cope with the mildest disturbances, her madness is profound and scary.  Her family is intertwined with her emotional firework displays, and her sudden mad love for a boy blows up in her face.  On the verge of suicide, her therapist prescribes Prozac, which alters her awareness sufficiently that she… why am I giving all this story away?

You’re supposed to watch the thing.  It’s a blunt, realistic drama.  The subject matter reminded me of Silver Linings Playbook, another highly recommended film.

As someone who has had experience with people on the abyss, it’s a good, solid portrayal.  Jessica Lange, as Lizzie’s overbearing mother, gives a captivating performance and shows her talents.  The characters are specific and true to life, and the conclusions…?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJICKrRMlOA

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Sorta mediocre

I guess I’m rightfully annoyed at this one as it promised two different sorts of things, but delivered something different entirely.  At the risk of giving away the big twist, the genre flipping is the central problem with this movie.

Unfortunately Rooney Mara starts off giving a very identifiable performance as a mentally disturbed woman in need of help.  She then meets up with Jude Law, who wants sincerely to help her, but the tools in his toolbox are of course the anti-depressant drugs given away thorughout the society like candy.  I was very on-board this first half of the film, and I genuinely believed they were going somewhere.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGe2ZE0prGg

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Denver Post. There it is, plus “clonazepam“:

“Police also found medications in his apartment, including ibuprofen, sedatives and the anti-anxiety drug clonazepam. They also found the antidepressant sertraline, the generic version of the antidepressant Zoloft.”

Aurora theater shooting documents: Doctor reported James Holmes was threat to public

They kept that under wraps until today during the trial. The overwhelming majority of spree killers were on or were withdrawing from antidepressants. These highly dangerous drugs come with a dire FDA warning label, yet are given out like candy on Halloween by psychiatrists all over the nation. More.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zYpuuLLKQx4

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More images at: End of World- Apocalypse- Doomsday- 2012 Secret Revealed
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Last day for planet earth–

 

It’s been nice having you guys and girls show up and read here.

One last article published over at Counterpunch… They changed the title, which should read:

Was the Shooter on Antidepressant Drugs?

 

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Also, Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine is streaming free on the Internet.