“We spend about $10 million per hour in the Afghanistan war and right now we are losing a soldier every day to suicide. Shifting an hour’s worth of war funding to the fight of preventing soldier suicides is the least we can do.”

– Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., on the passage of an amendment he co-sponsored boosting Pentagon suicide-prevention funding by $10 million in next year’s military budget.

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Frank_Doghearty
Frank_Doghearty

Why is it that there is no word about the drug cocktail administered to every soldier shipped out?

Guest
Guest

Sir, with all due respect antidepressants kept me from completely losing my mind following the death of a loved on. I took them until I didn't need them anymore, and then I was fine. Denying people access to the safe and effective drugs that work (not the heavy-duty stuff) by painting with such a broad brush would probably hurt more than it would help.

Frank_Doghearty
Frank_Doghearty

 I am glad they worked for you. However, I was talking about the initial huge doses of miracle drugs at the beginning of the service... My friends who served in Iraq/Afghanistan told me about cocktails they received; the shots were a combination of vaccines and (probably psychiatric) drugs... By now, we know that psychiatric drugs must be used with extreme caution, because they can and quite often do cause dependency, suicidal behavior and other adverse effects. Granted, military officers need to keep their statistics high, so receiving proper attention can be difficult at best.

andrewross227
andrewross227

ANDREW S. ROSS

97 Soundview Avenue

Norwalk, CT  06854

(202) 257-8563

Andrew22750@gmail.com

 

July 20, 2012

 

Leon E. Panetta

Secretary of Defense

1000 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C.  20301-1000

Dear Secretary Panetta:

I read with sadness and dismay the recent Cover Story, July 23, 2012, in TIME Magazine regarding our soldiers committing suicide at rates triple that of the general population.  I am a former serious depression survivor, my father was a Captain in the Third Infantry in WWII and I can offer you some solutions to this serious problem.

I direct you to Peter Breggin, MD, www.breggin.com,  a psychiatrist whom you probably have heard of, who has written the series of books, BRAIN-DISABLING TREATMENTS IN PSYCHIATRY(2008),  articles, position papers, testified before congress and is an exhaustive advocate against the current method of simply treating depressed military soldiers, (and any other patient) with antidepressant drugs which “… actually cause suicide, violence, and manic-like symptoms of activation or overstimulation, presenting serious hazards to active-duty soldiers who carry weapons under stressful conditions.  These antidepressant-induced symptoms of activation can mimic post traumatic stress disorder and are likely to worsen this common disorder in soldiers, increasing the hazard when they are prescribed to military personnel.  Antidepressants should not be prescribed to soldiers during or after deployment.”1 

In general, what these soldiers need is anti-anxiety and depression counseling by an excellent PhD PSYCHOLOGIST, not an insurance company reimbursed, Big Pharma subsidized, psychiatrist who is actually paid by the drug manufacturers to prescribe these dangerous, suicide causing antidepressants in quick 10-15 minute drug maintenance sessions, without offering any advice whatsoever on what is actually causing the anxiety and depression:  that is Captain Morrison’s inability to sell their house in order to be re-assigned and other issues.  A PhD psychologist might listen to Capt. Morrison’s anxiety causing issues and recommend that the U.S. Army simply purchase Capt. Morrison’s home or begin paying the note on it, if they are interested in transferring him, thereby reducing his anxiety immediately.  A standard psychiatrist, who is simply willy-nilly prescribing drugs, to get reimbursed by insurance companies in this for-profit medical system, would never offer up such a practical and simple solution.  Why?  They are paid, fed, vacationed, taken away on plush vacations and given spa treatments for simply prescribing a for-profit drug solution.   These psychiatrists with their criminal drug company funding, are killing more American citizens, including our soldiers and this must be stopped immediately.

Dr. Breggin’s Resume and Bibliography cites 44 instances of the dangers of prescribing antidepressants which cause suicide, including where drug companies like “GlaxoSmithKline suppressed data on Paxil-induced akathisia:  Implications for violence and suicide.”  Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 8, 91-100, 2006. 

And GSK recently was forced into a $3 billion drug settlement:

GlaxoSmithKline Monday agreed to the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, a move that will result in the company paying $3 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations of unlawful promotion and other activity involving several of its drugs.

The global health care firm, which has offices in London and Philadelphia, agreed to a $1 billion criminal fine and $2 billion in civil payments.

 “Today’s historic settlement is a major milestone in our efforts to stamp out health care fraud,” Bill Corr, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. “For a long time, our health care system had been a target for cheaters who thought they could make an easy profit at the expense of public safety, taxpayers and the millions of Americans who depend on programs like Medicare and Medicaid."

Much of the penalty money involves the GlaxoSmithKline drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia. Other GlaxoSmithKline drugs, including the popular asthma medication Advair, also were a part of the settlement.

According to the US Justice Department:

Paxil: From 1998 to 2003, GlaxoSmithKline unlawfully promoted Paxil for treating depression in patients under 18, though it had not been approved it for pediatric use. The company allegedly "participated in preparing, publishing and distributing a misleading medical journal article that misreported that a clinical trial of Paxil demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of depression in patients under age 18, when the study failed to demonstrate efficacy."

At the same time, the company did not make available data from two other studies showing Paxil's lack of effectiveness in treating depression in patients under 18.

GlaxoSmithKline sponsored dinner and lunch programs, spa programs and similar activities to promote the use of Paxil in those under 18. It paid a speaker to talk to doctors and paid for the meal or spa treatment for the doctors who attended.

Wellbutrin: From 1999 through 2003, GlaxoSmithKline promoted Wellbutrin, approved at that time only for major depression, for weight loss, sexual dysfunction, substance addictions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, among other off-label uses. The company paid millions of dollars to doctors to speak at and attend meetings, sometimes at lavish resorts, at which the off-label uses of Wellbutrin were routinely promoted, and also used sales representatives, sham advisory boards and supposedly independent continuing medical education programs to promote Wellbutrin for these unapproved uses.2

And you, Secretary Panetta, are allowing corporate criminals to take care of your hard-fighting soldiers?!  I don’t think so, at least not after you put all of this together in who is actually killing American soldiers—they are right here at home, based in Philadelphia (and in London.)

I would suggest that you immediately mine his website, call him in for a conference on this issue and start working yourself to solve this serious problem with his assistance.

Again, I am filled with sadness and dismay the recent Cover Story, July 23, 2012, in TIME Magazine regarding our soldiers committing suicide at rates triple that of the general population.  I am a former serious depression survivor, my father was a Captain in the Third Infantry in WWII and I have offered you some solutions to this serious problem. I encourage you to get directly involved with this issue, and, again to solve this problem with Dr. Breggin’s expertise on the subject of reducing suicide amongst your soldiers and in the rest of our country. 

Sincerely and Respectfully,

 

Andrew S. Ross

 

 

 

andrewross227
andrewross227

ANDREW S. ROSS

97 Soundview Avenue

Norwalk, CT  06854

(202) 257-8563

Andrew22750@gmail.com

 

July 20, 2012

 

Leon E. Panetta

Secretary of Defense

1000 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C.  20301-1000

Dear Secretary Panetta:

I read with sadness and dismay the recent Cover Story, July 23, 2012, in TIME Magazine regarding our soldiers committing suicide at rates triple that of the general population.  I am a former serious depression survivor, my father was a Captain in the Third Infantry in WWII and I can offer you some solutions to this serious problem.

I direct you to Peter Breggin, MD, www.breggin.com,  a psychiatrist whom you probably have heard of, who has written the series of books, BRAIN-DISABLING TREATMENTS IN PSYCHIATRY(2008),  articles, position papers, testified before congress and is an exhaustive advocate against the current method of simply treating depressed military soldiers, (and any other patient) with antidepressant drugs which “… actually cause suicide, violence, and manic-like symptoms of activation or overstimulation, presenting serious hazards to active-duty soldiers who carry weapons under stressful conditions.  These antidepressant-induced symptoms of activation can mimic post traumatic stress disorder and are likely to worsen this common disorder in soldiers, increasing the hazard when they are prescribed to military personnel.  Antidepressants should not be prescribed to soldiers during or after deployment.”1 

In general, what these soldiers need is anti-anxiety and depression counseling by an excellent PhD PSYCHOLOGIST, not an insurance company reimbursed, Big Pharma subsidized, psychiatrist who is actually paid by the drug manufacturers to prescribe these dangerous, suicide causing antidepressants in quick 10-15 minute drug maintenance sessions, without offering any advice whatsoever on what is actually causing the anxiety and depression:  that is Captain Morrison’s inability to sell their house in order to be re-assigned and other issues.  A PhD psychologist might listen to Capt. Morrison’s anxiety causing issues and recommend that the U.S. Army simply purchase Capt. Morrison’s home or begin paying the note on it, if they are interested in transferring him, thereby reducing his anxiety immediately.  A standard psychiatrist, who is simply willy-nilly prescribing drugs, to get reimbursed by insurance companies in this for-profit medical system, would never offer up such a practical and simple solution.  Why?  They are paid, fed, vacationed, taken away on plush vacations and given spa treatments for simply prescribing a for-profit drug solution.   These psychiatrists with their criminal drug company funding, are killing more American citizens, including our soldiers and this must be stopped immediately.

Dr. Breggin’s Resume and Bibliography cites 44 instances of the dangers of prescribing antidepressants which cause suicide, including where drug companies like “GlaxoSmithKline suppressed data on Paxil-induced akathisia:  Implications for violence and suicide.”  Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 8, 91-100, 2006. 

And GSK recently was forced into a $3 billion drug settlement:

GlaxoSmithKline Monday agreed to the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, a move that will result in the company paying $3 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations of unlawful promotion and other activity involving several of its drugs.

The global health care firm, which has offices in London and Philadelphia, agreed to a $1 billion criminal fine and $2 billion in civil payments.

 “Today’s historic settlement is a major milestone in our efforts to stamp out health care fraud,” Bill Corr, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. “For a long time, our health care system had been a target for cheaters who thought they could make an easy profit at the expense of public safety, taxpayers and the millions of Americans who depend on programs like Medicare and Medicaid."

Much of the penalty money involves the GlaxoSmithKline drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia. Other GlaxoSmithKline drugs, including the popular asthma medication Advair, also were a part of the settlement.

According to the US Justice Department:

Paxil: From 1998 to 2003, GlaxoSmithKline unlawfully promoted Paxil for treating depression in patients under 18, though it had not been approved it for pediatric use. The company allegedly "participated in preparing, publishing and distributing a misleading medical journal article that misreported that a clinical trial of Paxil demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of depression in patients under age 18, when the study failed to demonstrate efficacy."

At the same time, the company did not make available data from two other studies showing Paxil's lack of effectiveness in treating depression in patients under 18.

GlaxoSmithKline sponsored dinner and lunch programs, spa programs and similar activities to promote the use of Paxil in those under 18. It paid a speaker to talk to doctors and paid for the meal or spa treatment for the doctors who attended.

Wellbutrin: From 1999 through 2003, GlaxoSmithKline promoted Wellbutrin, approved at that time only for major depression, for weight loss, sexual dysfunction, substance addictions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, among other off-label uses. The company paid millions of dollars to doctors to speak at and attend meetings, sometimes at lavish resorts, at which the off-label uses of Wellbutrin were routinely promoted, and also used sales representatives, sham advisory boards and supposedly independent continuing medical education programs to promote Wellbutrin for these unapproved uses.2

And you, Secretary Panetta, are allowing corporate criminals to take care of your hard-fighting soldiers?!  I don’t think so, at least not after you put all of this together in who is actually killing American soldiers—they are right here at home, based in Philadelphia (and in London.)

I would suggest that you immediately mine his website, call him in for a conference on this issue and start working yourself to solve this serious problem with his assistance.

Again, I am filled with sadness and dismay the recent Cover Story, July 23, 2012, in TIME Magazine regarding our soldiers committing suicide at rates triple that of the general population.  I am a former serious depression survivor, my father was a Captain in the Third Infantry in WWII and I have offered you some solutions to this serious problem. I encourage you to get directly involved with this issue, and, again to solve this problem with Dr. Breggin’s expertise on the subject of reducing suicide amongst your soldiers and in the rest of our country. 

Sincerely and Respectfully,

 

Andrew S. Ross

 

 

 

O_No
O_No

I'm sorry, but this is a load of crap. The military has thrown millions of dollars at this problem and has not fixed it. Listen to someone who knows, who has been right on the edge: GIVE PEOPLE THE TIME, SPACE, AND PRIVACY TO GET HELP. Instead we have this bipolar system where you are encouraged to get help, but if you do, then you have to report it on your security clearance. Then you chain of command gets involved. Then your bosses lose confidence in you. GETTING MENTAL HEALTH HELP FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN COMBAT RELATED PTSD IS A CAREER DEATH SENTENCE. Getting rid of the stigma will take a long time. While you are waiting to change institutional attitudes, servicemembers will keep killing themselves because they are too afraid of their chain of command finding out they are in counseling. STOP MAKING US REPORT COUNSELING FOR DEPRESSION ON OUR SECURITY CLEARANCES. PROVIDE AFTER HOURS AND WEEKEND SERVICES. DON'T GET THE CHAIN OF COMMAND INVOLVED UNLESS IT THREATENS LIFE OR MISSION. In 99% of the cases, people can be depressed, get counseling, and still continue to be good soldiers.