National debate over dangers of antidepressant adverse effects
The suicide of a young Danish man has sparked national debate over the dangers of antidepressant adverse effects.
Danilo Terrida was 20 years old when he died in 2011, and since then the country’s health agency, Sundhedsstyrelsen, has amended legislation affecting the prescription of these medications. The Copenhagen Post report includes the following excerpts:
Terrida’s family said that they were pleased that the rules had been tightened for prescribing antidepressants. “It doesn’t change the fact that we have lost our son,” Danilo’s mother, Marianne Terrida, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. The fact that it’s a dangerous drug is not new, it’s been known a long time.
The case has sparked a debate about the dangers of psychiatric drugs, and in Politiken newspaper today Peter Gøtzsche, medical researcher and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, noted that “antidepressants have caused healthy people to commit suicide.”
Doctors cannot cope with the paradox that drugs that can be useful for short-term treatment can be highly dangerous when used for years and even create the illnesses that they were supposed to prevent, or even bring on an even worse illness, Gøtzsche wrote.
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