A Third of U.S. Adults on Medications That Can Cause Depression

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From MinnPost: “More than a third of adults in the United States may be taking prescription medications that have depression or suicidal thoughts as possible side effects, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The study also found that people who take these medications are more likely to be depressed than those not taking them — and the risk increases with each additional drug they’re prescribed.

This is the first study to show that the concurrent use of prescription drugs — a situation known medically as polypharmacy — heightens the risk of developing depression.”

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  1. I can only recall with bemusement in early January 2006, staying with a friend the night before flying out of Dulles when, just before bed, I pulled out a two gallon ziploc bag full of prescription bottles and starting making a pile of my nightly pills. I can still vividly see in my minds eye the expression of horror on his face. Looking back, the bigger surprise was how I was even able to function at all on all those poisons. You have to laugh at these kinds of memories because otherwise the anger and despondency at a wasted life can become overwhelming. With medical error being the third leading cause of death, I can only hope the western world wakes up to the dangers of modern medicine before it’s too late.