Monday, January 13, 2014

Middle-Aged Americans Committing Suicide at Unprecedented Rate

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By Dr. Mercola

    Newly released statistics from the US Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more Americans now commit
suicide than die in traffic accidents.1, 2, 3

    Between 1999 and 2010, the suicide rate among American adults
ages 35-64 rose by more than 28 percent, to just under 18 deaths
per 100,000.

    The sharpest rise in suicides is seen among the middle-aged,
suggesting there may be a link to the downturn in our economy,
which to some degree has affected most Americans over the past
decade. During the 1932 Great Depression, as many as 22 people
per 100,000 committed suicide.

    The suicide rate for men in their 50’s has risen by 50
percent, to nearly 30 suicides per 100,000.

    The suicide rate for middle-aged women is just over eight
deaths per 100,000. While not nearly as high as that for men,
suicide rates still increased with age among women, with the
largest increase seen among women between the ages of 60-64.
In this age group, suicide rates rose by nearly 60 percent in
the last decade.

    According to the CDC:

        Prevalence of mechanisms of suicide changed from 1999
to 2010. Whereas firearm and poisoning suicide rates increased
significantly, suffocation (predominantly hanging) suicide
rates increased the most among men and women aged 35-64 years.

        ...Possible contributing factors for the rise in
suicide rates among middle-aged adults include the recent
economic downturn (historically, suicide rates tend to correlate
with business cycles, with higher rates observed during times of
economic hardship); a cohort effect, based on evidence that the
baby boomer' generation had unusually high suicide rates during
their adolescent years; and a rise in intentional overdoses
associated with the increase in availability of prescription

Antidepressants May Be Fueling the Problem

    Sadly, the knee-jerk conventional treatment for depression
and suicidal tendencies is almost exclusively prescription
antidepressants. Every year, more than 253 million prescriptions
for antidepressants are filled in the United States, making them
the second most prescribed drug class in the United States (second
only to cholesterol-lowering drugs).

    But how effective are antidepressants in alleviating the
symptoms of depression?

    Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that antidepressants
are often no more effective than a placebo, and in some case
less effective. A study published in the January 2010 issue of
JAMA concluded there is little evidence that SSRIs (a popular
group of antidepressants that includes Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft)
have any benefit to people with mild to moderate depression. The
researchers stated:

        "The magnitude of benefit of antidepressant medication
compared with placebo... may be minimal or nonexistent, on average,
in patients with mild or moderate symptoms."

    SSRIs were found to be 33 percent effective, just like a
sugar pill but with far more adverse effects, including violence
and suicidal thoughts and actions. Exercise actually outperforms
antidepressants, but many still overlook this option.

    More and more studies are confirming that antidepressants
intensify violent thoughts and behaviors, both suicidal and
homicidal, especially among children. And, since the late 1980s,
there have been frequent reports of increased violent behavior,
including homicides and suicides, among individuals taking
antidepressant drugs.

    Add to this a faltering economy and many literally feeling
like they’re fighting for their livelihoods and the safety of
their family, and the use of antidepressants may very well be
pushing people over the edge rather than keeping them from it...
It all depends on how you react to them.

Federal Institute for Mental Health Abandons Psychiatric 'Bible'

    There may be a glimmer of hope on the horizon however, in
terms of psychiatric diagnosis and ultimate treatment. The misuse
of psychiatric drugs is in part due to the reliance on the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) the
bible of psychiatry, containing all the diagnostic codes for
virtually every conceivable mental health problem and personality
quirk known to man at this point. There are many problems with
this reference book. As stated by the National Institute of
Mental Health (NIMH):

        While DSM has been described as a 'bible' for the field,
it is, at best, a dictionary, creating a set of labels and
defining each. The strength of each of the editions of DSM has
been 'reliability' each edition has ensured that clinicians use
the same terms in the same ways. The weakness is its lack of

        Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease,
lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus
about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory
measure. In the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to
creating diagnostic systems based on the nature of chest pain or
the quality of fever.

        Indeed, symptom-based diagnosis, once common in other
areas of medicine, has been largely replaced in the past half
century as we have understood that symptoms alone rarely indicate
the best choice of treatment. Patients with mental disorders
deserve better.

    At the end of April, the NIMH (which is responsible for
overseeing mental health research in the US, and funds more
research in this field than any other agency in the world)
announced it will no longer look to the DSM as the gold standard
for categorizing mental health problems.

In an effort to improve and transform psychiatric diagnosis and
treatment, the Institute has launched the Research Domain
Criteria (RDoC) project, which will incorporate genetics,
imaging, cognitive science, and other information in order to
lay the foundation for a new classification system.

Thank You Dr. Mercola

 God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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