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Harvard Medical School

Antidepressants: a deadly treatment?

Antidepressants: a deadly treatment?

The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, allegedly the intentional act of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, and the deaths of all 150 people on board is indeed a tragedy. But some good may come out of it if it induces people to take another look at those substances the pharmaceutical industry calls "antidepressants." The link between antidepressants and violence, including suicide and homicide, is well established. In 1961, Doctors Arnold Beisser and James Blanchard of the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, Ca., reported that patient suicides soared as soon as antidepressants were introduced into practice there — and that the increase was due solely to patients taking those...