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Posted by G. on December 03, 2000 at 04:20:14:

In Reply to: Re: This is ridiculous. posted by Gene on November 27, 2000 at 16:57:31:

The thing is, manic depression and similar diseases can be passed on through heredity. Chemical imbalances are most likely present in someone's body, even if they don't really show signs.. there may just be something that's not exactly right, they just dont know what it is. Then they get acne, which destroys their self esteem. This added stress indeed can worsen someone's condition, and they may start showing more signs outwardly. Then they get on medication, and the skin condition gets better. But they're still not happy. They commit suicide. Then the family will BLAME IT ON ACCUTANE?! ANY medication you take can have adverse effects that worsen depression... even medications for depression have side effects that result in trouble sleeping, anxiety,and even worsened self-feelings (some temporary). **If they kill theirselves even after their skin is clear, it is an obvious sign that there was something wrong before that they needed help with. Therapy, other depression medication with low side-effects, stress relief, etc. being what they may have needed. You can blame anything on Accutane, but there's more to it than that. Thanks to anyone who listens to a 16 year old who has already experienced most of what you're talking about (with exception to the actual act of suicide, obviously.)

: Max, if that helps keep people alive, I'm with you. I just thought, anyone (especially young people) who is going to a dermatologist, does so for help because they don't like the way they look, and if the dermatologist's best efforts whether Accutane or some other medication don't work, that can trigger desperation.

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