Listening to the Infinite (Mind)

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  • 04/02/2008
Being on a program called "the Infinite Mind" is humbling -- especially when the host is Dr. Fred Goodwin -- and on NPR no less.

Here are the program notes:

In the wake of new high-profile violent acts by people taking anti-depressant medications, including the recent Northern Illinois University shootings, and new research on antidepressant medications and their possible link to "suicidality," we look at the science on the connection between antidepressants and violent behavior.

Is there a link between antidepressants and suicide?

The answer may surprise you.

Joining us are Nada Stotland, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association; Peter Pitts, a former FDA official who participated in the administration’s labeling of antidepressants as dangerous; and Andrew Leuchter, Director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology and Senior Research Scientist at UCLA, who has studied how press coverage and public alarm about antidepressants affects the nation’s health and willingness to be treated for real, life threatening illnesses.

And here's a link to the actual program:

In addition to the program, this link also provides some very good commentary on the topics of depression and SSRIs.

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