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John Chuckman


A Prescription for Murder

This is just appallingly ignorant.

SSRIs help millions with anxiety and certain kinds of depression. Millions.

As with any other medication, they can be wrongly prescribed and likely are.

And that is especially true when underqualified, and sometimes incompetent, general practitioners prescribe them where they are not indicated.

It is a matter of simple fact that medical malpractice in the US kills more people every year than all highway accidents and all murders combined.

Part of that malpractice is doing the wrong procedure or giving the wrong drug.

It happens daily somewhere.

One of the symptoms of terrible psychoses like Manic-Depression and Schizophrenia is depression. I have no doubt some under-qualified GPs prescribe the wrong medication. SSRIs work well for only for a limited range of anxieties and depressions – not all of them, not for psychoses.

I am also aware that some American GPs prescribe SSRIs on a temporary basis to patients feeling low. That is just plain wrong.

People who need SSRIs face the same kind of lifetime commitment as people using something like transplant-rejection suppressants or insulin for diabetics.

It is not a drug you take like aspirin for a temporary headache.

The limited number of cases – and the number is extremely small out of the many millions using these drugs – cited in the press about the danger of SSRIs are almost certainly patients who have been wrongly prescribed by not-well-informed GPS.

I am sure it happens often, just like a lot of GPs give people an antibiotic prescription for a cold, which of course is caused by a virus not germs. Inappropriate prescription of antibiotics has contributed to their declining effectiveness for life-saving cases.

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