In Forbes, David Kroll asks whether antidepressants are more dangerous for commercial pilots to have than depression. And in Mail Online, Peter Hitchens similarly argues that the public discussion about the Germanwings crash has to start distinguishing between the questions of whether depressed people should be flying commercial planes and whether people taking antidepressants should be.
“(S)ome drugs used to treat depression may increase suicidal ideations, aggression, and violence in some patients,” writes Kroll. “Several SSRIs carry black box warnings about the potential for increased suicide risk when starting the drugs, particularly in adolescents and young adults.”
“We are not saying that people suffering from depression are a danger to anyone. They are not,” writes Hitchens. “We are saying that it may be the case that people who take some ‘antidepressant’ drugs are a danger, often to themselves and in some cases to others, because of the powerful effects these little-studied drugs, and withdrawal from them, may have on their brains.”
Germanwings Crash Raises Questions For Pilots Taking Depression Drugs (Forbes, March 29, 2015)
Nobody is ‘Stigmatising’ Depression. It’s the Pills We Need to Worry About (Mail Online, March 30, 2015)