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
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Dr Breggin web page
bove Left image courtesy of Time magazine
cover illustration by Lon Tweeten and D.W. Pine June 5, 2008