Apparently psychiatric drugs are the most commonly used medications. Increasingly Americans take a psychiatric drug -- most often antidepressants, sedatives or antipsychotics. And the number of children receiving atypical antipsychotics doubled from 2001 to 2010. ABC news reported that doctors aren’t even sure how antipsychotics work.
It is becoming clearer and clearer that antidepressants are far from benign drugs. And unfortunately, the combination of depression and medication, as well as still being very much trial and error, has some unique worries due to the nature of the condition itself.
As with all drugs some people react badly to antidepressants, whilst side effects can seem quite mild in others. The irony here of course is that, helpful as antidepressants may be for some people at some times, these side effects can be very depressing in themselves. Because no one antidepressant has been proven to be any more effective than any other, the choice of which drug to prescribe often rests on their different side effects!
The overwhelming popularity of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) was in part due to their apparent "safety" over more toxic drugs when used improperly. Some of the Tricyclics are extremely toxic in overdose.However, in addition to other dangers, there is also an established direct link between suicide and violent behavior and the use of SSRIs.
"The main reason for people stopping a course of depression medication
is the side effects of the antidepressant."
Antidepressant medication side effects can be physical symptoms like headache, joint pain, muscle aches, nausea, skin rashes, or diarrhea, sleep disturbance such as nightmares and sleepwalking and daytime sleepiness; headache and migraines, flushing, rapid heart rate, weight gain, decreased sexual desire, delayed ejaculation in men, and the inability to have an orgasm in women. But discontinuing your medication on your own is never a good option as there is a dramatically increased risk of suicide. 22 veterans kill themselves each day.
"Anti-depressant drugs carry massive risks, not only to the brain, but also to the heart, kidneys, liver, and central nervous system. Scientific research that is independent of the pharmaceutical industry has repeatedly shown that S.S.R.I. drugs can cause severe kidney and liver damage. These drugs also have the potential to cause cardiac arrest and a Parkinson's-like syndrome. Doctors are not required to advise patients of these risks, and they rarely do."
So psychiatric drugs may not the best way to treat depression as they are ineffective and fraught with many dangerous side effects. especially among people taking a type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These so called tranquilizers can produce an acute psychotic reactions. Many people who have taken psychiatric drugs have found out the withdrawal effects of the drugs can persist for months, even years after they stop taking them. Psychotropic drugs are increasingly being exposed as chemical toxins with the power to kill.
Anti-depressants can cause death. Psychiatrists claim their drugs save lives, but according to their own studies, psychotropic drugs can double the risk of suicide. And long-term use has been proven to create a lifetime of physical and mental damage, a fact ignored by psychiatrists.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (9.3 percent of persons aged 12 or older). Of these, only 2.6 million—11.2 percent of those who needed treatment—received it at a specialty facility. And those who do get "professional" treatment are often prescribed psychotropic drugs.
Recent figures released by the Army's surgeon general indicate that more than 110,000 U.S. Army personnel were taking antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs that were prescribed to them by doctors.
With a renewed focus on individual soldier readiness by the Pentagon after a decade of war, it should trouble Defense Department officials - civilians and top officers alike - that nearly 8 percent of active duty Army troops are on sedatives, and another 6 percent are on antidepressants, figures that are up eightfold since 2005.
Contrary to what the public has been led to believe, the prevailing theories concerning serotonin and serotonin-effecting drugs did not originate from either doctors or scientists. They began life as intensive pharmaceutical marketing programs, which promoted fabricated scientific facts so successfully that they became facts in the minds of doctors, regulators and the general public. Understanding modern serotonin science requires a psychological study of Mass Manipulation.
I think there is a good argument to be made that some substantial percentage of the depression epidemic is manufactured by the medical/pharmaceutical industry.