Statistics link Suicide and Antidepressants

Clinical depression is a serious mental health disorder. Depression is not just being lonely or feeling rejected – we all feel those things from time to time. Clinical depression can cause feelings of worthlessness, sleep disorders, and loss of interests in activities one might otherwise enjoy. It could also be as drastic as harming one’s self through cutting and, in some cases, suicide and suicidal behaviors.

You cannot just tell a depressed person to pull themselves together or think of happy thoughts. For them, there is really no motivation to pull themselves up out of that slump. What is more alarming is that depression is so prevalent these days. As a result, SSRI antidepressant medications are being prescribed more and more for the condition. It has also been concluded through various scientific research studies that females are more prone to depression than males, which leads to many other complications in newborn babies who had mothers taking the drugs during pregnancy. What’s even more alarming is the fatal link between suicide and antidepressants.

Here are some of the things that you should know about depression and suicide.

  1. The rising statistics

It has been concluded by the National Institute of Mental Health that every year, at least 30,000 people in the United States die due to suicide and for every 1 one of which, there has been 11 attempts. This is not just happening in America. Korea and Japan have also seen a sharp increase in suicides among teenagers. It’s no secret this alarming rise has something to do with the link between suicide and antidepressants.

  1. Signs that may lead to self-harm

Depression is a disease with symptoms that include:

  • Withdrawal from activities and relationships and wanting to be alone.

  • Violence, either outright or passive-aggressive

  • Frequent nightmares

  • Obsession with certain materials or objects. This is also known as mania.

  • Excessive thoughts about suicide

  • Extreme restlessness (akathisia)

  1. Treating depression through antidepressants

There are several ways to treat depression. It is highly recommended that you go to a therapist or psychiatrist. You could also use antidepressants; however, you must practice this with caution.

According to various studies, some drugs that contain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac and Zoloft did not minimize the suicidal thoughts that depressive people have. Rather, they magnified suicidal tendencies.

In 2003, there were many studies conducted in children regarding the effects of SSRIs. Years later, it has been found that self-harming thoughts and actions have been more prevalent among those who took the drug rather than those in the placebo group (placebo is a treatment that really has no medicine in it).

In 2005, the study was extended to adults, with similar findings. There has also been two severe cases. There has been a study wherein SSRIs have been distributed among adults who are healthy both mentally and physically. After taking the SSRI, there was one woman aged thirty years old who became insensitive and irritable throughout the study. A 28-year old woman felt aggressive and even threatened a teenage boy.

  1. Treating depression through holistically and naturally

When one is depressed, it is easy to lose interest in daily living. However, some people recommend the following:

  • Exercise. When you exercise, you release hormones that are associated with love.

  • Get enough sleep. Improving your body clock gives you less time to think about sad thoughts.

If you know someone suffering from depression, suggest the two above and tell them to stop taking antidepressants immediately. Moreover, if a loved one has already committed suicide as a result of taking antidepressant medication, you may want to consult with our experienced lawyers to see if your situation would present grounds for filing a lawsuit against the SSRI manufacturers. You can get in touch with the right lawyer by calling us toll free at (888) 260-9494. However it’s important to note that suicide has been linked to depression for some time, and now that it has been mandated to be required on all labeling from the FDA, the chances of a potential lawsuit have all but dwindled away. In certain cases, we are able to reach a successful outcome, but before we know the best plan of action, we need to hear your case, so call us today! We hope to serve you and help you get the compensation you deserve.