Anxiety Medication Associated With Significant Increase in Mortality Long-Term

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A study of data from over 11 million patient records in the General Practice Research Database, “the largest anonymized, longitudinal primary care database in the world,” Β finds that the 34,727 patients prescribed anxiolytic or hypnotic drugs between 1998 and 2001 were over three times more likely to die over the seven years follow-up period. Data are presented in the British Medical Journal.

Weich, S., Pearce, H., Croft, P., Singh, S.; Effect of anxiolytic and hypnotic drug prescriptions on mortality hazards: retrospective cohort study. British Medical Journal. Online March 19, 2014. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g1996

See:
Benzodiazepines: Disempowering and Dangerous, by Philip Hickey, Ph.D.

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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 β€” largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients β€” 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]

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