not that hard…

Posted on Friday 11 January 2013

I don’t know much more than I knew last night about the Isacsson story. But I thought I’d look back at some of his previous publications [hampered as I am in Swedish – barely able to read the English subtitles when I watched the Millennium Trilogy or the wonderful Wallander Series on NetFlix]. Unfortunately, I can’t access most of the ones I’d like to read, but I thought you might like to look at the titles, things like Has the Medical Products Agency left the evidence-based medicine? The banning of SSRI to children and adolescents is unfounded or The debate on suicide and antidepressive agents continues: too much talking in psychiatry. …

  1. [IN DEBATE] The increased use of antidepressants has contributed to the worldwide reduction in suicide rates.
    by Isacsson G, Rich CL, Jureidini J, and Raven M. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2010 196[6]:429-433.
  2. Suicide and hospitalization for mental disorders in Sweden: a population-based case-control study.
    by Reutfors J, Brandt L, Ekbom A, Isacsson G, Sparén P, and Osby U. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2010 44[12]:741-747
  3. [Non-systematic literature review on suicide prevention may mislead].
    by Isacsson G. Lakartidningen. 2009 106[39]:2476-2477. Swedish. No abstract available.
  4. [Suicide among children and adolescents–too serious for empty rhetoric].
    by Isacsson G and Bejerot S. Lakartidningen. 2009 24;106[8]:530. Swedish. No abstract available
  5. [Still connection between warnings against antidepressive agents to children and adolescents and increased risk of suicide].
    by Bejerot S, Isacsson G. Lakartidningen. 2008 105[46]:3361. Swedish. No abstract available.
  6. [Agreement and maybe disagreement].
    by Isacsson G. Lakartidningen. 2008 105[42]:2952. Swedish. No abstract available
  7. Ecological studies of antidepressant treatment and suicidal risks.
    by Isacsson G and  Mathé A. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2008 16[4]:267. author reply 267-269. No abstract available.
  8. [Treating depression is an effective population suicide prevention strategy: recent evidence from Scandinavian studies.].
    by Isacsson G, Lesage AD, Grunberg F, and Séguin M. Sante Mentale au Quebec 2002 27[2]:235-259. French

  9. [Fewer children are treated with SSRI, more commit suicide. Alarming trend among children and adolescents in USA].
    by Isacsson G, Bejerot S, and Jarbin H. Lakartidningen. 2007 104[43]:3180-3181. Swedish. No abstract available.
  10. Depression is the core of suicidality–its treatment is the cure.
    by Isacsson G. Acta Psychiatrica Scandanavica. 2006 114[3]:149-150. No abstract available.
  11. Antidepressant drug use and suicide prevention.
    by Isacsson G and Rich CL. International Review of Psychiatry. 2005 17[3]:153-162.
  12. [Antidepressive treatment is the best prevention against suicide among young people].
    by Isacsson G. Lakartidningen. 2005 Apr 4-10;102(14):1076; discussion 1076, 1078. Swedish. No abstract available.
  13. [Unscientific contribution about suicide among adolescents].
    by Isacsson G. Lakartidningen. 2005 Feb 14-20;102(7):498-499; discussion 499, 502-3. Swedish. No abstract available.
  14. [Has the Medical Products Agency left the evidence-based medicine? The banning of SSRI to children and adolescents is unfounded].
    by Isacsson G, and Bejerot S. Lakartidningen. 2005 Feb 7-13;102(6):408-409; discussion 410. Swedish. No abstract available.
  15. [The debate on suicide and antidepressive agents continues: too much talking in psychiatry].
    by Isacsson G. Lakartidningen. 2003 Jun 12;100(24):2157-8. Swedish. No abstract available.
  16. [A reply: suicide prevention requires conclusions drawn from the uncontrolled reality].
    by Isacsson G. Lakartidningen. 2003 May 28;100(22):2000. Swedish. No abstract available.
  17. [Suicide prevention has saved 2 500 lives in ten years].
    by Isacsson G. Lakartidningen. 2003 Mar 27;100(13):1160-1. Swedish. No abstract available.
It would be easy to drift into a debate about the relationship between suicide and antidepressants and miss the point here, which is that medical opinion should follow science, not the other way around. It’s clear that Göran Isacsson is of the opinion that antidepressants should be given to decrease the incidence of suicide – he has an absolute right to express that opinion. But when Isacsson offers as proof of his opinion a published study of the Swedish public records, and it turns out that his data either is wrong, not to be found, or never existed in the first place, we have to conclude that Göran Isacsson is an ideologue and has no place in the psychiatric literature. When Dr. Martin Keller publishes a Clinical Trial of an antidepressant that says it is safe and effective in children and adolescents and it turns out that suicidal thought has been coded as ’emotional lability,’ minimized, and mis-reported, he is an ideologue and has no place in the psychiatric literature. When Robert Gibbons publishes a meta-analysis that declares that SSRIs are safe and effective in children and adolescents and misreports the source of the data and refuses to produce his data to be checked, he is an ideologue and has no place in the psychiatric literature. When he reports a spike in suicides in a particular year as a trend, a trend that disappears as a likely spurious finding, yet he continues to point to it even after it’s long gone, he is an ideologue and has no place in the psychiatric literature. There are ample places where one can publish opinions [start a blog like this one for example], but there is only one place for scientific studies that are well vetted, honest, and informative – our peer reviewed literature. It’s just not that hard to respect the distinction…
    January 11, 2013 | 6:29 PM

    It seems the true believers will do anything to convince the world antidepressants reduce the risk of suicide.

    January 11, 2013 | 7:15 PM

    Criminal mischief: pretending to be a scientist while having an unfortunate impact on clinical practice, such that people suffering mental anguish are made to suffer more in the name of medicine through fraudulent papers written by pharma funded researchers.

    berit bj
    January 11, 2013 | 8:43 PM

    The government failed its primary responsibility, to protect the citizens.

    This was the damning conclusion of the commission established in the aftermath of July 22nd 2011 in Norway, when Anders Breivik’s unhindered attacks resulted in the deaths of 77 people, children and youngsters mostly. The government failed to protect …

    As in the unfolding, massive tale of iatrogenic illnesses and early death in somatic medicine and bio-psychiatry. Our governments are failing to protect the citizens, and failing to punish the responsible CEO’s and their corrupted servants in and out of academia and politics.

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