Anxiety Medication Associated With Significant Increase in Mortality Long-Term


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,”  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

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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].