Archive for April, 2008

10% of Americans on antidepressants…that don’t work!

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The Willamette Week posted this story about a psychiatrist who simply states that antidepressants don’t work. He says it’s the industries “dirty little secret”. I was surprised, but not really, to find out that 1 in 10 people feel they have to have antidepressants in order to function in life due to depression. What would happen to the suicide and homicide rate if the pharmaceutical companies suddenly had a back-order and couldn’t supply people with their SSRIs? Horrible withdrawal symptoms reported…

Rebecca Riley’s psychiatrist on trial…

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

The Boston Globe reports that the tragic death after poor medical care of Rebecca Riley has spawned a lawsuit against her psychiatrist, Dr. Kayoko Kifuji in Suffolk Superior Court. The attorneys that are taking the case said, “They made her a 4-year-old zombie,” per Andrew Meyer, Jr, whose Boston law firm Lubin & Meyer specializes in medical malpractice cases. “We don’t believe that she did suffer from bipolar or that this was the appropriate medication.” I think nurses need to take a stronger role in mental health and begin to say we want better and safer practices in this specialty. If we only have drugs to rely on to “manage” our patients, we are going to lose this game. We won’t be bringing people back to health, mentally or physically. Nurses need to insist we want better outcomes for our children and elderly. Psychotropics shorten lives, create devastation to familes by their adverse side effects, and for the most part hide medical problems that are not being addressed appropriately. We need to be better investigators. One of my favorite TV shows is “House”. I like it because Dr. House keeps looking for the underlying causes, not just treating the symptoms. We all need to be a little bit more House. I believe we should outlaw psychotropics for children. That may be drastic or impossible, but I don’t think it is. I think the severist of retardation or autism must be managed, but the largest population is not these types of cases. It’s the school child who gets frustrated in our school system, acts out,  and gets put on psychotropics for mis-behaving. This is the area I’m concerned about. And you should be too, or we will have more Rebecca Riley cases to deal with.