Michael Moore's new docu to bring in antidepressants and shootings
He won't have to go far for information. To make "Bowling for Columbine" he convinced one Columbine victim to go onscreen by telling him and his parents that he would explore the link between those killers' medication and their actions, which the victim and parents thought was the key issue. Of course, he didn't, once he had the footage in hand.
I'm told the essence of the issue is that *most* of the time antidepressants work as intended. But in a minority of cases they don't. They can push a bipolar from depression into manic states, etc. They can also take a person who is so deeply depressed that he doesn't commit suicide -- that requires decisionmaking, and implies there is hope -- and raise him/her enough to where they can commit suicide without getting them to where they don't want to. It's a matter of the doctor keeping a close eye on things as treatment begins.
Also it's a matter of choice of drug. The newest and more expensive ones are more reliable and have fewer side-effects. But for patients on federally-subsidized medical care, the government bean counters often require that the older ones be used, to save money. (So much for Moore's probable thesis that if the government took over medicine, all would be cheerful). The bean-counters who pay for the medicine are probably different than the bean-counters who pay for committments, so if the patient has problems and winds up committed it doesn't come out of the first set of bean-counters' budgets, and paying for it is someone else's problem.