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Another Irish Doctor willing to speak out about the dangers of Anti-depressants

Another Irish Doctor willing to speak out about the dangers of Anti-depressants. In today’s Irish Examiner another doctor states his opinion, contradicting the stance of the Irish College of Psychiatry; Respect to Doctor Gascoigne. The picture, by the way, is one of Shane’s that he took in Berlin on a College trip; I thought it was suitably apt.


Anti-depressants’ effects must be known

 Friday, March 09, 2012

In your excellent coverage of the recent comments by former deputy state pathologist Dr Gilsenan of a connection between anti-depressants and an increased risk of suicide, The College of Psychiatry of Ireland states “… there is no evidence anti-depressants can cause harm”.

It might be good if the college consults the information supplied by the pharmaceutical company which manufactures Prozac, a commonly prescribed antidepressant. It is clearly stated that Prozac can cause agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility as well as suicidal thoughts or attempts.

As a minimum, it is important that anyone prescribed an anti-depressant should be fully informed of possible adverse effects, it should only be prescribed as part of a recovery plan with appropriate psychological support and people must be monitored regularly.

Dr Stephen Gascoigne
Market Quay
Co Cork

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