(Activist Post) The psychiatric community, as well as health and government officials, have been pushing antidepressants on the people for years.
Instead of addressing the underlying cause of such negative feelings, psychiatrists and medical representatives have been making you think that the only answer to depression is an antidepressant drug. However, the claims that antidepressants are the answer are completely false, but many will refuse to admit the truth to the public. Why? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that antipsychotics raked in over $14 billion in sales back in 2008.
Those pushing antidepressants would at least have an argument for their use if the drugs worked, but they aren’t even effective. In fact, the pills have been shown to worsen depression.
The Food and Drug Administration even admits that antidepressants are more than capable of causing suicidal thoughts and an increased risk of suicide.
According to research concerning antidepressant trials, around 1 in 5 patients on popular Cymbalta and other related pharmaceuticals may actually feel worse than those given placebo pills. Despite the evidence linking popular antidepressants like Prozac to suicide, more than 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 are now taking antidepressants prescribed by their doctors.
Recently, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, data was requested and received showing that big pharma has known as along that the drugs don’t work. After studying placebos for over 30 years, Irving Kirsch of Havard Medical School requested unpublished studies which show that antidepressants provide almost no benefit, while placebos prove effective. Seeing as placebos are almost always more or just as effective, the push for antidepressants is both useless and irresponsible.
Even if the drug were effective, as big pharma continues to claim, are the potential hundreds of negative side effects worth the risk? In addition to experiencing the dizziness, mania, impotence, and suicidal thoughts, you may also be causing your arteries to thicken 400 percent faster than they normally would.
Instead of subjecting yourself to this harmful and unnecessary ‘solution’, explore all other options.
Depression is often the result of a much deeper unresolved emotional scar. By engaging in a state of meditation, you may be able to unconsciously uncover the path to solving this issue. The feelings may also be the result of a state of denial regarding what things in your life are making you happy and unhappy. Truly recognizing what makes you feel a certain way empowers you to make the decisions in your life to exclude the bad and embrace the good.
While searching for the core reason, there are also dietary decisions to be made. Vitamin D, probiotics, and omega-3 fatty acids should all be considered to help fight depression. By incorporating super supplements like turmeric and living a healthy lifestyle, you will also be giving yourself greater health, empowerment, and accomplishment.
(USA TODAY) Use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988, making the medication the most frequently used by people ages 18-44, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
Eleven percent of Americans ages 12 years and older took antidepressants during the 2005-08 study period, the authors write. They add that though the majority of antidepressants were taken to treat depression, the drugs also can be used for anxiety disorders and other conditions.
The data are from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, which included information from 12,637 participants about prescription-drug use, antidepressant use, length of use, severity of depressive symptoms and contact with a health professional.
Mental-health professionals not associated with the survey cited several reasons as possible explanations for the spike:
•The struggling economy and the record number of layoffs and home foreclosures. “These drugs can be very helpful for people who need them,” says Elaine Ducharme, a psychologist and public educator in Connecticut for the American Psychological Association. “People should expect to be depressed after a layoff. They should not be put on a drug, though, unless they have an acute problem.”
•Ad campaigns waged by pharmaceutical companies citing benefits of the drugs.
•Families who might be reimbursed by health insurance companies for a prescription but may delay getting therapy from a mental-health professional because of the cost of treatment.
In fact, less than one-third of Americans taking one antidepressant and less than one-half of those taking multiple antidepressants have seen a mental-health professional in the past year, the report shows.
“Unfortunately, some families are looking for a quick fix, but a pill is never going to get to the root of the problem,” says David Palmiter, a psychologist and author of Working Parents, Thriving Families: 10 Strategies That Make a Difference.
Ducharme agrees. “That is the thing that bothers me the most,” she says. “These drugs can be dangerous, and there needs to be follow-up care.”
The survey also found that nearly one in four women ages 40 to 59 are taking antidepressants. Women are more likely to take antidepressants; however, among those taking antidepressants, men were more likely than women to have seen a mental-health professional in the past year.
The survey found that about one in 25 teens take the medication.