Administrator Altostrata Posted February 25, 2014 Administrator Share Posted February 25, 2014 Often cited as as an example showing the need for psychiatric drugs to treat depression, and the effectiveness of the drugs, Andrew Solomon's book The Noonday Demon has become famous in psychiatric literature.But -- did Andrew Solomon have true "depression" or was he suffering from adverse effects of the drugs themselves?In a January 12, 1998 New Yorker article, Anatomy of Melancholy http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/counseling-center/Documents/Anatomy-of-melancholy.pdf , Solomon details that after a hospitalization for kidney stones in September 1994, he was taking sleeping pills. That's when he "sank lower" and "night terrors began."(Here, he's likely describing adverse effects of the sleeping pills and a rebound or paradoxical reaction.)He then saw Dr. Alfred Wiener, a psychopharmacologist, who prescribed a series of antidepressants, plus Xanax."....The spring of 1995, I stopped taking drugs cold turkey. I knew that this was dumb, but I wanted desperately to find out again who I "really" was. At first, all I was conscious of was the awful withdrawal symptoms from the Xanax. I couldn't sleep for four days, and my eyes and stomach hurt, and my sense of balance was off. Unrelenting nightmares seemed to penetrate my wakefulness, and I kept sitting up abruptly with my heart pounding. ....At this point, I entered what is commonly called "agitated depression." I developed in rapid succession all the typical symptoms — hatred, anguish, guilt, self-loathing. I stopped speaking to at least six people. I took to slamming down the phone when someone said something I didn't like. I criticized everyone. It was hard to sleep, because my mind was racing with tiny injustices from my past: irritability kept me awake every night, and the lack of sleep made me more irritable still. It is not unusual for really depressed people to have no deep sleep at all. ...."He then went on to more psychiatric drugs, plus Xanax, "a lifesaver," and, at the end of the article, is looking forward to a lifetime on psychiatric medications.Those of us familiar with withdrawal syndrome, particularly what happens when you go off benzos cold turkey, will readily recognize the symptoms not of "agitated depression" but of severe benzo withdrawal syndrome. It's likely Solomon started down the psychiatric drug rabbit hole when he had an adverse reaction to sleeping pills. POSTSCRIPT Andrew Solomon is the son of Howard Solomon, CEO of Forest Labs, manufacturer of Celexa, Lexapro, Viibryd, Namenda, and Saphris, as well as other drugs http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2002-05-26/a-ceo-and-his-son This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner. "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein All postings © copyrighted. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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