The Chicago Tribune reports ..."Investigators believe Cho Seung-Hui at some point had been taking medication for depression."
ARLINGTON, Va., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement of Ken Duckworth, M.D., Medical Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a review of all major studies involving anti-depressants in children and adolescents by a team of researchers from Western Psychiatric Institute in Pittsburgh.
The review concludes that the benefits of antidepressant medications appear to be much greater than the risks. Specifically the review concludes
"Relative to placebo, antidepressants are efficacious for pediatric major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and non-OCD anxiety disorders, although the effects are strongest in non-OCD anxiety disorders, intermediate in OCD, and more modest in MDD. Benefits of antidepressants appear to be much greater than risks from suicide/suicide ideation attempts across indications."There has been concern for some years about the use of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac and Aropax. The US Food and Drug Administration issued an Advisory
FDA Public Health Advisory Suicidality in Children and Adolescents Being Treated With Antidepressant Medications October 15, 2004.
..or is that just Monday morning quarterbacking?
UPDATE Thursday / 19 th April Aangirfan points us to this site for folks who have the same idea and more info.