Monday, July 11, 2011

Phoebe Prince: Media Loves Bullying, Forgets SSRI Warning Label

Here in America, we are still clueless.There it is on the warning label: Antidepressants can cause suicidality in teens.
So, a teen commits suicide. This event is widely covered by the media. As a bullying issue, not as an antidepressant-related suicide.
The fact that this teen was taking a pill that has, on the warning label, suicidaility as a side effect, is never mentioned.
Phoebe Prince. Go look for yourself.
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20110630ag_martha_coakley_schools_should_report_bullying_data/srvc=home&position=recent
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012694/Teen-charged-connection-Phoebe-Prince-suicide-breaks-silence.html

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/12004784059216/phoebe-prince-bully-speaks-to-today-show/

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/grand-junction-man-fights-back-against-bullies1

This dude thinks he gets the point:
http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-12/news/29650387_1_phoebe-prince-south-hadley-high-school-yearbook-photo

He doesn't.

Hypothetically, you could google "Phoebe Prince" and "SSRI"  -- would that be too hard? Do we really expect this level of knowledge and professionalism to be present in the Tara Parker-Popes of the world?
Well, let's see where this super-advanced sophisticated NASA technology info search gets us:

I repeat: this is really technical: google the girl's name, and SSRI.

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SSRI-Crusaders/message/36885

http://www.life360.com/blog/truth-about-phoebe-prince/

http://thestir.cafemom.com/teen/106984/the_truth_behind_phoebe_princes


And plenty more.
Adolescence is not easy. You will get bullied. But why add a drug that is noted to increase suicidality?
OK, that is one issue. The bigger issue is: why have no journialists or commentors in the major media picked up on this?
All they have to do is use google.
I know I have education and training far beyond Tara Parker-Pope. But seriously: can't you use google?

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