“Help me. I took all my pills.”
According to a 2007 case report in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry, those were the words a 26-year-old man spoke to a hospital’s emergency department staff just before collapsing. An empty pill bottle skittered from one of his hands.
Nurses checked the man’s vitals; while his heart was racing, his blood pressure was dangerously low. The man was barely conscious. He was pale and sweaty. He said he’d swallowed all 29 of his antidepressant pills after having a fight with his girlfriend.
He received saline infusions, which over the next four hours mildly…
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Roughly one in eight Americans older than 12 is on antidepressants, and a quarter of the people who take these drugs have done so for more than 10 years. That’s according to some of the most recent mental health data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Considering that tens of millions of Americans are now taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressants, one would reasonably expect that…
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