Recently published research in The American Journal of Psychiatry shows that steroid therapies can cause neuropsychiatric damage.
Commonly prescribed medications such as prednisone can lead to erratic and self-destructive behavior among patients. Dr. Lewis Judd and Dr. Sherwood Brown, two of the paper’s authors, sat down with Nick Binkley of the Diana Foundation to share their findings in-depth. Here are three great takeaways from their discussion:
• Glucocorticoid treatment is associated with a seven-fold increased risk of a suicide or suicide attempt.
• Women appear more likely to develop depression during glucocorticoid treatment while men may be at greater risk for mania, delirium, confusion or disorientation.
• Despite the prevalence and potential seriousness of adverse effects, patients are often not warned about the risks before starting treatment.
To learn more and find out how patients and doctors can work together to reduce risk factors, watch When Drugs Do More Harm Than Good: Adverse Effects of Glucocorticoids on the Brain.