RE: “Boulder County suicide rate highest since at least 2000 (July 11),”
Regarding the subject article, I find it interesting that the psychiatric community brings these startling statistics to our attention as if they can provide solutions to this problem of suicide. I did an online search and counted 59 psychiatrists practicing in the city of Boulder. With a Boulder population of about 104,000, this means there is an astoundingly high rate of one psychiatrist for every 1,760 Boulder residents. When you add in psychologists, social workers, and family and marriage therapists, and Boulder has to be one of the most psychiatric-saturated cities on earth. Any increase in suicides in Boulder can be attributed squarely to this massive psychiatric community’s failure to provide real help to the emotionally vulnerable.
The psychiatric industry relies almost exclusively on the use of profitable, mind-warping drugs that pile harmful chemical effects on the individual. But, to the detriment of the suicide victims, these drugs do not begin to address the underlying problems that lead to suicides.
The FDA requires antidepressants prescribed for depression, like the drug taken by the 19-year-old suicide victim mentioned in the article, to carry black box warnings of the increased risk of worsening depression and suicidal behavior by those taking the drugs. Studies have also linked antidepressants to violence and even homicidal thoughts and behavior.
It appears that the first step in reducing suicides in Boulder is to get people suffering from depression and other related symptoms off of these mind altering drugs and out of the hands of the psychiatrists.
To understand the risks and make a fully informed decision about any psychiatric drug, consumers should use the side effects search engine on the Citizens Commission on Human Rights website at www.cchrint.org, which lists reported adverse reactions, as well as U.S. and international warnings and studies concerning these drugs.