Study into ADHD drugs and suicide connection
A study in Sweden which looked into the link between ADHD drugs and suicide in adolescents have found this problem only effects a small amount of people, and it is safe to still be prescribed these cognitive stabilising drug. The figures seemed to suggest that even taking ADHD medicine can stop people from feeling suicidal and should be used as a safety net despite the black box warning on atomoxetine related ideation.
Trail found no evidence for an overall increased rate of suicide related events associated with the use of drug treatment for ADHD. If anything, the results pointed to a potential protective effect of ADHD drug treatment on suicidal behaviour, particularly for stimulant drugs.
Gp’s unaware the reasons for young people who self harm
Gp’s, teachers and parents of young people were asked a series of questions by a leading mental health charity “YoungMinds”. The questions revolved around the stigma attached to mental health and their understanding of issues such as self harm.
Research stated that around half of the 200 Dr’s questioned did not understand the reasons why young people self harm and that 80% of Dr’s felt untrained in dealing with this rising problem of self harming. With a waiting list of around 6 months upwards it seems very hard for young people to contact a mental health professional before losing the will to do so. More money needs to be invested in paying professionals to listen to young peoples emotional problems without offering drugs which suppress their feelings without the catalysts to these feelings being addressed.
millions ( millions each year) of pounds are waisted each year in emotional suppressing drugs such as prozac with the only ones benefiting are the people who make the drugs. Gp’s and our health service are just prescribing drugs where they should be prescribing knowledge support & understanding.