Amy Donaldson: Olympian Jeret Peterson made me smile

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  • DrAnnBlakeTracy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 7, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Thank you for documenting what I already knew and was searching for documentation on after working for two decades with those having adverse reactions to antidepressants. The FDA has warned of almost double the chance of suicide in those under 25 if they take an antidepressant. Jeret was only a few years older.

    What really upsets me is the lack of warning that antidepressants produce overwhelming cravings for alcohol - the first thing about antidepressants that caught my attention as I saw patients on antidepressants who had never touched alcohol in their lives become alcoholic almost overnight. So strong are these alcohol compulsions that a study looking at Zoloft showed that 45% of those with a previous problem with alcohol will increase heavy drinking once starting the drug.

    So, if Jeret thought he had overcome his alcohol problem and then the compulsions from his antidepressant became too much for him, he could have blamed himself thinking he had failed. Criminal? YES it is! To have someone work so hard to overcome this addiction and then to have his "medication" cause him to fail in that battle could possibly have led him to give up on life.