Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death in ICU

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An analysis of electronic records from admissions to four ICU’s in 2001-2008 showed that the 1,876 patients who were on an SSRI or SNRI were 73% more likely to die in the hospital than the 8,692 who were not. The research was presented at the international conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Francisco. Patients who had acute coronary syndrome or had undergone cardiac surgery were more than twice as likely to die if they were on an SSRI/SNRI, said lead researcher Dr. Katherine M. Berg, a fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]