"SSRI’s have not been proven effective in treating adolescent
depression. To the contrary their use may actually increase the suicide rate of its young
patients. In response to these reports of increased suicide rates with SSRI use, FDA
officials suppressed their own post marketing surveillance, prohibited FDA employees
from discussing the report, and launched an investigation to find the person who leaked information to the press. Today, SSRI remain on the market without a clear medical benefit to the patient."
Setting aside the recent tragedy in Northern Illinois where the gunmen went off his meds, went on a shooting spree and killed himself. ...Stupak's statement is not only scientifically incorrect, it is downright misleading and dangerous. There should be a black box warning around everything Stupak says regarding medicines, particularly SSRIs which have been shown to benefit patients and are associated with a decline in suicides. And again, there is no link to SSRIs and in increase in suicides, rather some unclear evidence based on an unvalidated measure called suicidality that includes just talking about self harm in general.
Stupak held several fear-drenched hearing about antidepressants in 2003-2004. He is partially responsible for the decline in SSRI prescription use and the corresponding increase in adolescent suicide. So the question is:
And this guy is head of the Health subcommittee? Why is he being taken seriously? Why isn't he being held accountable?
Here's Bart Stupak on the "link" between SSRI's and suicide