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Recently I was working with a regular client who had suddenly started feeling suicidal.

When a person is feeling like harming themselves for any reason, obviously the priority has to be to get to the root of the issue and stop the pattern because suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S.

The World Health Organization reports that worldwide, self-inflicted injuries are the fourth leading cause of death and the sixth leading cause of ill health and disability.

Using kinesiology, I determined that the cause of her suicidal feelings was one of her medications.

I asked her to list her drugs and she told me that one of the drugs she had been taking was Klonopin, an anti epileptic drug (AED).

My dear friend Google clarified the rest:

“Patients treated with any AED for any indication should be monitored for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and/or any unusual changes in mood or behavior.”

She had been taking the drug for some time and had even visited her psychiatrist and told him of her suicidal feelings but no change had been recommended in her medication.

“Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including Klonopin, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication.”

Klonopin increases your risk of feeling suicidal by 200 percent:

“Pooled analyses of 199 placebo-controlled clinical trials (mono- and adjunctive therapy) of 11 different AEDs showed that patients randomized to one of the AEDs had approximately twice the risk (adjusted Relative Risk 1.8, 95% CI:1.2, 2.7) of suicidal thinking or behavior compared to patients randomized to placebo.”

I recommend that she print out the information I had found on Google and call her doctor immediately.

If you or any of your loved ones are talking about harming themselves, one of the first places to look for relief is to look up the side effects of all your medications.

I like Epocrates  because you can plug in a list of all your medications and read about how your drugs interact with each other.

Another good resource for this issue is the Suicide Zone of RxISK.org.

You can search their database for more than 4 million adverse events filed with the U.S. FDA since 2004.

If you are taking psychiatric drugs to improve your mood, it would be very important for you to check out the research since eight out of the 10 legal drugs known to cause violence are psychiatric medications.

My recent Amazon No. 1 best selling book, Banish the Blues Nowteaches you how to heal depression naturally without drugs.

In general, suicide rates increase with age.

Even though women report suicidal thoughts more often than men, on average there are about three male suicides for every woman who takes her own life.

Predisposing factors include:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Childhood history of physical or sexual abuse
  • Social isolation
  • Psychiatric problems including mood disorders, schizophrenia and hopelessness.

Although you may feel suicidal as a side effect of your psychiatric medication, other drugs may also cause you to feel like harming yourself so looking up side effects and discussing all of these with your doctor is imperative.

Dr. Dee Mangin, Data Based Medicine’s Chief Medical Officer and a professor and Director of Research in the Department of Public Health and General Practice at the University of Otago in New Zealand, says, “Suicide has traditionally been attributed to anti-depressants like Prozac and Paxil, anti-psychotics like Seroquel and Zpyrexa, and some anti-seizure drugs. But the range of drugs now linked to suicide has grown, including drugs used in smoking cessation, dermatology, asthma, weight loss, insomnia, and malaria.” 

One of the best natural healing remedies for depression is simply education.

Learn how to heal yourself naturally and never feel suicidal again.

Know that there is hope for you and that you can feel much better.

You can buy the audiobook version of Banish the Blues Now for just $4.95 and listen and find out how.

If you are feeling like harming yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1 (800) 273-8255.