To refer to SSRIs as no better than placebo is misleading because while it's technically true in clinical trials -- they are also very different than placebos...they are NOT inert...they are very active and they make EVERYONE feel differently. People who are very depressed like to feel differently. Different can sometimes feel better even if only for a while. Sometimes different feels much better and sometimes different feels really bad and even dangerous (think homicidal and suicidal--SSRIs are associated with both). They are not inert and they will act in all manner of ways in different people. And, then of course, yeah, they also cause iatrogenic damage...often severe... … [click on title to read more]
The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal
If your doctor isn't aware of how misleading all of pharma is you shouldn't go to that doctor. Period. If they make excuses or say that it's at all exaggerated in the media, you shouldn't trust that doctor. If your doctor doesn't believe you when you tell them about an adverse-effect, or if they minimize it's harm, you shouldn't trust that doctor. Seriously, when we're dealing with pharmaceuticals it's often life and death...and that is no exaggeration.
What your MD should tell you about SSRI antidepressants
Antidepressant medication is the most commonly prescribed treatment for people with depression. They are also commonly prescribed for other conditions, including bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic pain syndromes, substance abuse and anxiety and eating disorders. According to a 2011 report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of every ten people (11%) over the age of 12 in the US is on antidepressant medications. Between 2005 and 2008, antidepressants were the third most common type of prescription drug taken by people of all ages, and they were the most frequently used medication by people between the ages of 18 and 44. In other words, millions of people are prescribed antidepressants and are affected by them each year.
Driving while medicated: antidepressants, sleeping pills, anxiety drugs increase driving risk
Again Science Daily reports on the fact that psychotropic drugs impede people's capacity to drive safely. The classes of drugs being talked about here are SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and the z-drugs like Ambien and Lunesta. I know from having taken them that antipsychotics too are egregiously guilty for making people NOT ALERT. I don't think... Continue Reading →
America – the antidepressant nation?
A recent study on antidepressants has shown that the drugs have some serious side effects: those taking certain prescriptions could lose their sex drive. It sounds like the whole nation's sexuality is under a threat as, according to the statistics, one in ten Americans takes antidepressants. And it's not only libido people are losing -... Continue Reading →
(the anatomy of a massive cocktail of drugs) or “In the age of anxiety, are we all mentally ill?”
What happens to the mother in the below excerpt from an article is extremely common. First she intuitively feels her anxiety shouldn't be medicated and then the drugs make the issue worse. Her observation is not taken seriously by her medical team. This is where coercion often starts in psychiatric care. Her own bodies wisdom... Continue Reading →
Army warns against benzos and antipsychotics in PTSD: they can “intensify symptoms and lead to addiction”
I've written at length about the iatrogenic PTSD a lot of the people I network with exhibit once withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. In my experience in the withdrawal boards online the drugs that we see causing these issues most often are antidepressants and benzodiazepines, but people withdrawing from antipsychotics are simply much less represented in... Continue Reading →
Anti-Depressants May Be Doing More Harm Than Good (ya think?)
From Medical News Today, for anyone reading this blog who has yet to be convinced that psychiatric drugs are neurotoxic and cause harm especially when used long-term. There is a video with the study's author at the bottom of this post. I wonder if the fact that some significant minority of people become completely disabled for various lengths of time when withdrawing from these drugs will ever hit the media? They really only cover some of the vast array of possible problems while on them as well in this article....
(Antidepressants and Talk Therapy Go Hand in Hand) — Really?
We need to keep in mind these are MICE studies. The mice are unable to voice concern about side effects. There is no way to assess their quality of life while they are being treated with the drug and before they are sacrificed to examine their brains.
Doctors told antidepressants are not harmless (legal action being taken for AD issues too)
Yesterday The Independent reported on the legal actions against doctors for prescribing benzodiazepines without adequate warning to the very serious potential for serious adverse problems, especially in withdrawal. Today they report on the same happening with SSRI antidepressants. Again, in the US, these issues are still widely swept under the rug and denied.
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