Antidepressants, antipsychotics and benzos all increase suicide attempts in a new study

A new study a JAMA network open found that antidepressants do not prevent suicide. The researchers concluded that antidepressants, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines were all associated with increased suicide attempts in people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Mood stabilizers had no effect on suicide attempt rates. ADHD stimulant drugs were the only drug class associated with … Read more

Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium linked to brain injury, job loss, suicide

Medicine, pills over brain MRI scans

AURORA, Col. —For decades, countless Americans have taken benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium and Klonopin as a supposedly safe way to treat anxiety. These drugs are certainly effective for temporarily staving off anxiety, but recent studies are now tying the benzodiazepine class of drugs with a number of troubling side effects. Researchers at the University … Read more

Commissioner exposes failures in mental health care after death of man who spoke of suicide

Jemma Cheer/Stuff A man in his 60s who died after self-harm was botched due to poor record keeping and communication, notes the Health and Disability Commissioner. (Stock photo) Warning: This story is about self-harm. Poor record keeping and communication are at the root of mental health care failures for a man in his 60s who … Read more