“Poor Access To SSRIs May Result In Suicide Inequalities”

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This September 7, 2014 Medical Research and News article talks about recent findings that may show that poor access to SSRI antidepressants could be a factor in the risk of suicide in some populations.

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  1. I am skeptical

    • I’m on the fence with this one also …. mainly because I know that for some, taking an SSRI can actually increase thoughts of suicide, but I also know that for some an SSRI can be the tool that helps get them to a place where they can begin to recover. The piece seemed to be very “one size fits all” in nature, but from the perspective of gaining insight from a research perspective it was interesting to read, in a “food for thought” kind of way.

      • it’s hard to conclude much from the snippet.. i used to take one of these medications and while it initially seemed to have made a difference within a year I couldn’t tell that it was having any impact. I think what works is making other lifestyle changes including employment to give a person a renewed sense of self-worth

        • I agree that medication alone isn’t the solution, I take medication but I view it as a tool to help with what I’m not able to fix myself. I do a lot with exercise …. mostly walking and biking, but I also do a little Yoga and exercises to improve my ability to physically balance properly …. I sometimes trip over my own feet and doing balance type exercises seem to decrease that odd clumsiness a little which is always a good thing. This blog is also something I do that helps me manage my mental health issues. I know I don’t say a lot about my personal struggles and such, but for me this blog is more about having a sense of purpose or a feeling of being connected to the world around me, which is something that medication could never offer me. I’m not real good with this next one, but I’m working on it. I find that the healthier my food choices are also, the better my mental health issues are in terms of my stability. If I eat a lot of junk food, my mental health tends to be tougher to manage then it is when I eat healthier foods so, while I struggle with regards to staying on track with healthy food choices, I can say I’ve seen a difference in how my mental and physical health are overall. When I talk about medication I typically refer to it as a “tool”, because by itself it can help, but when used in combination with what Pat Deegan has termed “Personal Medicine” I feel like medication is more effective then it is by itself. Personal Medicine is something you do that makes you smile, gives you hope or otherwise has a positive impact on your mental and physical health. Walking or Biking are examples of personal medicine because they are things I actively do. popping pills is not personal medicine because it is more passive and is something I take not something I do. Knitting, reading, spending time with family, calling a friend, blogging, doing research, these are all examples of personal medicine, they compliment my use of medication, but for me, neither my pills nor my personal medication work alone they need each other to be the most beneficial. At any rate though medication, in my opinion isn’t a cure, it’s a tool or something to assist me so I can do the work I need to do to improve my mental health.

          I fully agree though that having a sense of self-worth or a sense of purpose is very important in a foundational way, but the most important thing in my opinion is that every person needs a sense of hope, because without hope, nothing else seems to work right and everything seems impossible.

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