February 11, 2010

Antidepressant-Induced Suicide, Violence, and Mania: Risks for Military Personnel (2010)

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 12, Number 2, 2010.

Peter R. Breggin, MD

The newer antidepressants frequently cause suicide, violence, and manic-like symptoms of activation or overstimulation, presenting serious hazards to active-duty soldiers who carry weapons under stressful conditions. These antidepressant-induced symptoms of activation can mimic posttraumatic stress disorder and are likely to worsen this common disorder in soldiers, increasing the hazard when they are prescribed to military personnel. Antidepressants should not be prescribed to soldiers during or after deployment.

antidepressant_induced_suicide military soldiers.pdf