While these incidents are horribly tragic the fact that the excessive use of antidepressants are being considered as problematic is quite astonishing and a promising move forward. These men and women need help in healing trauma. Not using all sorts of pschotropics to try to cover it all up. There have been other reports of over-use of multiple psych meds causing death in sleep.
Anyway, the issue of suicide in the article by CNN here:
One week after the U.S. Army announced record suicide rates among its soldiers last year, the service is worried about a spike in possible suicides in the new year…
The Army said 24 soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in January alone — six times as many as killed themselves in January 2008, according to statistics released Thursday….
….But Platoni said she sees the multiple deployments, stigma associated with seeking treatment and the excessive use of anti-depressants as ongoing concerns for mental-health professionals who work with soldiers….
….The anti-depressants prescribed to soldiers can have side effects that include suicidal thoughts. Those side effects reportedly are more common in people 18 to 24. (emphasis mine read the rest here)