More than 20 million Americans take Prozac, Ritalin, Xanax, Valium or other potent psychotropic (brain altering) drugs prescribed on the basis of DSM labels. Most of these patients – and their physicians – honestly believe that these drugs constitute “treatment.” But many of these patients would be better off receiving no treatment at all than taking drugs.
If you really dig into the facts it is obvious that we are being fed a bill of goods when it comes to depression.
•Depression is not a disease – Drug companies promote depression as a terrible disease that could lead to suicide if left untreated by their product. This has led to millions of people being over medicated with drugs that have serious side effects including the potential for suicide.
•Antidepressants do not fix anything – the biochemical imbalance theory is a myth concocted to justify the prescription of antidepressants. These drugs are not nearly as effective as we are led to believe and can lead to addiction.
•Doctors are not doing their jobs by writing a prescription – instead of finding the cause they are merely covering the symptoms. In most cases an antidepressants causes more problems because of the side effects.
•The Government can’t and won’t protect us – The current FDA admission that antidepressants can cause suicidal thoughts should concern everyone taking these drugs. The FDA had the information all along but refused to acknowledge it. The recent problems with other drugs such as Vioxx and Celebrex demonstrate clearly that the government is not watching out for the consumer.
•People’s lives are being ruined by a medical system out of control –
Psychiatrists have a history of using inappropriate drugs. At one time LSD and Ecstasy were used to “treat” patients.
•An even bigger crisis is coming – Children are now being targeted as the next big market for antidepressants. The federal government has launched a program that recommends screening school children for mental illness to promote the use of antidepressants.
There is nothing more important than taking care of your health. This is particularly true of taking care of your brain’s health, because a person can lead a fulfilling life with a bad kidney or an arthritic knee, brain dysfunction by its nature takes away the very substance of an individual. There is nothing more important than protecting your brain’s integrity.
It’s ironic and tragic that these drugs, which people take in the hope of lifting their depression, can cause both depression and mania while they are being taken and during withdrawal from them. The tragedy is compounded when doctors fail to realize that the patient is undergoing a withdrawal reaction, and instead conclude that the patient is suffering from a primary case of worsening depression or mania. The patient may even be put back on the drug, and other drugs may be added to the regimen, when the patient really needs to be withdrawn from the offending drug.
Picture for instance, a patient visiting a general practitioner for treatment of a swollen hand. A quick evaluation by the physician reveals that the hand indeed is twice its normal size, feels hot, and is turning an unpleasant color. Now suppose that the physician – instead of diagnosing the patient’s life threatening infection and treating the infection with antibiotics – simply prescribes pain killing drugs and sends the patient home! “Treating” a patient’s behavioral symptoms with an antidepressant is no different. Although the patient may be lulled into a temporary sense of wellness, the disease processes that created the patient’s symptoms are still present and often growing worse.