Effects of Anti-Anxiety Medication on Mortality


Research published yesterday in the British Medical Journal, on 34,727 patients age 16 years and older (age- and gender-matched against 69,418 controls) finds that anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs doubled the risk of mortality over a seven-year period.

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Weich, S., Pearce, H., Croft, P., Singh, S., et al; Effect of anxiolytic and hypnotic drug prescriptions on mortality hazards: retrospective cohort study. British Medical Journal. March 19, 2014. 348. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g1996

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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].


    • I’m beginning to engage in conversations with some of the psychiatrists in the state hospital where I work as a peer worker.

      Any time that I bring up the numerous studies that have been done on the adverse affects of all the toxic drugs used by psychiatry their first and only real response is that “you can make statistics say anything that you want and obviousely your studies are anti-meds and anti-psychiatry!” You can be having a fairly decent conversation with them and then try to move into discussing the drugs and it’s like running into a brick wall going 90 mph! Seemingly intelligent people morph into these beings who deny the truth in every way, shape and form! They will not discuss anything that touches on the fact that the drugs are destructive and detrimental to the people that they’re giving them to.

      I believe that they know what these drugs are doing to people but they’re never going to admit anything. To do so would require that they re-evaluate everything that they’ave done and continue to do professionally. They aren’t going to do this. We’re being very naive as a movement if we think that psychiatry is ever going to move into reality on their own. They are not going to do so! I don’t understand how they can continue on as if nothing is wrong when they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that what they’re doing is harmful. We are going to have to force them into stopping what they’re doing because they’re vever going to stop on their own.

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