A Warning About Antidepressants

We Already Knew About This:

… most of the perpetrators of mass murder over the past fifteen to twenty years had been taking prescription medicines at the time of their killings, and the drugs they had been taking were usually SSRIs or other medications commonly used to treat depression and/or anxiety disorders. __ http://www.offthegridnews.com/alternative-health/psychiatric-drugs-and-mass-murder-exploring-the-connection/

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And we already knew that antidepressants predispose recipients to behaviours such as suicide.

An analysis of 70 trials of the most common antidepressants – involving more than 18,000 people – found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in under 18s. __ Telegraph

But Now We Are Learning How Hard It is to Stop Taking Them

Patients who try to stop taking the drugs often say they cannot. In a recent survey of 250 long-term users of psychiatric drugs — most commonly antidepressants — about half who wound down their prescriptions rated the withdrawal as severe. Nearly half who tried to quit could not do so because of these symptoms

Antidepressants are not harmless; they commonly cause emotional numbing, sexual problems like a lack of desire or erectile dysfunction and weight gain. Long-term users report in interviews a creeping unease that is hard to measure: Daily pill-popping leaves them doubting their own resilience, they say.

“We’ve come to a place, at least in the West, where it seems every other person is depressed and on medication,” said Edward Shorter, a historian of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. “You do have to wonder what that says about our culture.”

__ NYT

Pharmaceutical companies lobby government officials far more intensely than small organisations such as the National Rifle Association. So when US national media goes off half-cocked over the relationship between gun rights and school shootings — but “forgets” to mention the relationship between psychiatric drugs and mass shootings — we have to wonder whose bread is being buttered by whom.

Now that we are discovering how addictive psychiatric drugs can be — and how subtly they can change brains and behaviours — alarm bells should be ringing around the globe. But they are not, and we should be asking why.

Alternatives to Antidepressants are Looking More Attractive

All of a sudden, non-drug approaches to treating anxiety and depression are more appealing. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, for example, provides all the benefits of drug treatment without the many unfortunate side effects.

Mindfulness approaches to treating anxiety and depression likewise provide profound benefits to persons who apply themselves to the practise. The benefits of mindfulness practise go far beyond the treatment of anxiety and depression, of course. Long term practitioners of the discipline often experience beneficial changes to their brain circuitry, physical health, thought patterns, personal insight, and general discernment of the world around them.

Conventional psychotherapy and psychoanalysis have had mixed results over the decades since Freud, but recent developments by clinical psychologists such as Jordan Peterson offer new hope for practical person-directed improvement in life satisfaction. The combination of Peterson’s “Understand Myself” self test, and his “Self-Authoring” suite — used with or without the associated “Writing Guide” — open doors to self understanding and self-change which can be difficult to reach in other ways.

Other unconventional forms of treating depression include various types of electrical and magnetic stimulation, neurofeedback and special custom video games may help some, hypnosis, exercise, art therapy, music therapy, and especially “laughter therapy,” are more non-pharmaceutical approaches that are seriously worth trying.

Antidepressant drugs can be lifesavers in some instances. But they are two-edged swords, and should not be used nearly to the extent that is being done by the medical and mental health professions.

The cure for a life that seems to be not worth living, is to get a life that is worth living. Jordan Peterson is one of the clearest contemporary guides to that approach, and his book “12 Rules for Life” is an excellent start for most people. Many other authors and clinicians offer effective approaches to moving from here to a better place.

Taking a pill is a lazy approach to solving most problems in life, and is one of the symptoms that something is very badly wrong with modern culture.

It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

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