Depression is not clearly understood in our culture and hence the treatment of depression is not given due importance. Depression is associated with a sign of weakness and excessive emotion. This is especially true with men. Depressed men are less likely than women to acknowledge feelings of self-loathing and hopelessness. Instead, they tend to complain about fatigue, irritability, sleep problems, and loss of interest in work and hobbies. Other signs and symptoms of depression in men include anger, aggression, violence, reckless behavior, and substance abuse. Even though depression rates for women are twice as high as those in men, men are a higher suicide risk, especially older men.
The most common option then is to either start taking various anti-depressants tablets , the information about which is readily available online or just go into self-denial. Both can irreversibly harm your health.
Why Do Anti-Depressant Drugs Seem to Work for a Short Time?
Though none of these drug therapies have ever cured anything, they do alter the neurochemical balance in your brain, so in that sense, they definitely have an effect.
So how do you explain the fact that many seem to improve on them?
Let me make it crystal clear that these drugs are NOT placebos; they are very powerful drugs that clearly have an effect on behavior. There is NO QUESTION that they can influence the way people feel. But does that mean that they are actually solving the problem and treating the underlying conditions?
A simple analogy is useful here.
It is easy to understand that taking recreational drugs like alcohol, cocaine or amphetamines will clearly change your behavior. Does that mean that they are the solution to the reasons why many people take them?
If we examine the history of psychiatry we can find some useful historical antecedents.
Sigmund Freud played a major role in the creation of cocaine industry. Freud wrote glowing articles about cocaine as a panacea for all sorts of disease with no evidence of addictive tendencies. What he failed to reveal was a MAJOR conflict of interest with two drug company giants, Merck and Park Davis who both handsomely paid him to endorse their cocaine extracts.
Freud’s strong endorsement helped create a cocaine epidemic in Europe about 100 years ago.
So another happy pill had to be found. Amphetamines were used but later also found to be highly toxic and addictive. Each drug followed the same pattern. First the drug would be hailed as a medical breakthrough for mental problems, then increasing reports of serious side effects would trickle in.
Finally after years of denial, when psychiatrists and drug companies could no longer deny the dangers of the drug, they would abandon it in favor of the next wonder drug, which I will discuss in the next section.
Well-Documented Side Effects
The interactions of antidepressants with your brain, liver, digestive system and other systems are still not fully understood, but we do know that the side effects are numerous. Besides the standard laundry list of nausea, dry mouth and loss of libido, more serious side effects of commonly prescribed antidepressants include:
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings and violent behavior : The main and primary one that you should be concerned about is that they could actually INCREASE your risk of suicide. Your risk for suicide may be twice as high if you take SSRIs. Seven out of 12 school shootings were also perpetrated by children who were either on antidepressants or withdrawing from them.
- Diabetes: Your risk for type 2 diabetes is two to three times higher if you take antidepressants, according to one study. All types of antidepressants, including tricyclic and SSRIs, increases type 2 diabetes risk.
- Problems with your immune system: SSRIs cause serotonin to remain in your nerve junctions longer, interfering with immune cell signaling and T cell growth.
- Stillbirths: A Canadian study of almost 5,000 mothers found that women on SSRIs were twice as likely to have a stillbirth, and almost twice as likely to have a premature or low birth weight baby; another study showed a 40 percent increased risk for birth defects, such as cleft palate.
- Brittle bones: One study showed women on antidepressants have a 30 percent higher risk of spinal fracture and a 20 percent high risk for all other fractures. This is because serotonin is also involved in the physiology of bone. If you alter serotonin levels with a drug, it can result in low bone density, boosting fracture risk.
- Stroke: Your risk for stroke may be 45 percent higher if you are on antidepressants, possibly related to how the drugs affect blood clotting
- Heart disease and Sudden cardiac death: Brand new research reported at a New Orleans meeting of the American College of Cardiology found that antidepressants increase your risk of heart disease by causing your artery walls to thicken. The exact biological mechanism is still unknown. A literature review of studies from 2000-2007, published in Expert Opinion on Drug Safety in 2008, found that “Antipsychotics can increase cardiac risk even at low doses, whereas antidepressants do it generally at high doses or in the setting of drug combinations.” Another study published in January 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine also found that antipsychotic drugs doubled the risk of sudden cardiac death. Mortality was found to be dose-dependent, so those taking higher doses were at increased risk of a lethal cardiac event.
- Death: Overall death rates have been found to be 32 percent higher in women on antidepressants.
Watch this wonderful video on the marketing of the anti-depressants – called very aptly – The Marketing of Madness.
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