Jeffrey Dach MD

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jeffrey dach md

jeffrey dach md
Davie, Florida, USA
August 24
Jeffrey Dach MD is founder of TrueMedMD, a clinic in Davie Florida specializing in Natural Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormones. Jeffrey Dach MD Offices of Willow Grove 7450 Griffin Road Suite 190 Davie, Fl 33314 telephone 954-792-4663

MARCH 7, 2010 9:15AM

SSRI Medication and Veteran Suicide

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SSRI Military Suicide Prozac Army
Over the past decade, there has been unprecedented increased suicide rate in the military with  widespread use of SSRI's and other psycho active drugs in the Army.  Some of the experts say this troubling trend is directly related to the increased use of psycho-active drugs and SSRI antidepressants.   Other experts have denied this link.  Both schools of thought were examined in a recent Congressional Hearing.
VA Affairs Hearing  Feb 24, 2010
On February 24, 2010, the Veterans Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, Chaired by Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) held hearings entitled "Exploring the Relationship Between Medication and Veteran Suicide."   Sadly, this hearing received very little attention in the mass media, yet should have been placed on the front page of the newspapers and top billing on television news.   This hearing is a very inportant first step in bringing the problem of increasing military suicides to public attention.
Dr. Peter Breggin Testimony 
Dr. Peter Breggin's Testified at the hearing in front of the Veterans Affairs Committee on "Antidepressant-Induced Suicide, Violence and Mania: Implications for the Military"

Listen to the entire proceedings here.
Read Dr. Breggin's written testimony here.

(video testimony much longer than written version)

Jeffrey Dach MD
Kalia’s study showed that two FDA-approved and widely used antidepressants have a similar capacity to induce serotonergic damage as MDMA.
Kalia M, O'Callaghan JP, Miller DB, Kramer M (2000). Comparative study of fluoxetine, sibutramine, sertraline and defenfluramine on the morphology of serotonergic nerve terminals using serotonin immunohistochemistry. Brain Research 858: 92-105.
Dr Breggin web page
bove Left image courtesy of Time magazine cover illustration by  Lon Tweeten and D.W. Pine June 5,  2008

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these drugs CAN cause suicide, patients should be closely monitored

but severe depression also kills, patients must be closely monitored
My Marine has PTSD and mild TBI. He was prescribed numerous medications, all of which completely changed him in a very negative way. He was suicidal, but fortunately, we were able to intervene. No one in Wounded Warrior Battalion cared and in fact, he was punished and chastised because I called the commander begging him to please intervene and save my son's life. He didn't respond so I had to call one of my son's friends. A few weeks later, a new doctor evaluated him and felt that he needed to come off the drugs in a hospital setting fearing it could be fatal to withdraw from so many medications. Needless to say, my son's life was impacted far more by the medications and the cruel treatment than it was because of PTSD and TBI. Something is really wrong with the way our wounded troops and veterans are being treated.