Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Psychotropic Drugs - A Fake Industry?

Is depression real?  Aren't emotional ups and downs a normal part of life?  Is bipolar disorder real?  Is a chemical imbalance real?  Is ADHD real?  Or are these diseases made up so we can be given a pill?  The problem with psychotropic drugs is the horrible side affects.  I think if anyone read the insert, they would be scared to take the drug.  Many of the drugs for bipolar disorder or depression have serious side affects including risk of obesity, diabetes, Parkinson like symptoms (that are permanent), heart problems, suicide, homicide, and even death.  My mother was put on a one of these drugs and two months later her heart stopped beating properly.  She now has a pace maker for her heart.  She was changed to another drug and she has now gained 20 pounds in a few months.  Another friend's husband was put on Paxil for depression.  He committed suicide.  He was not suicidal before being put on the drug.

Supposedly, 70% of all drugs used for depression don't work.  Tests have been done that show placebos work as well as prescription drugs for depression.  Since drugs have been advertised, prescription drug use has increased significantly.  Do we really have more mental disorders or are we being brainwashed by TV to make us believe we need the drugs.  The commercials are geared to make everyone feel like they are depressed or have some other illness for which a drug is needed.  Online tests are even worse.  Most people will test positive for at least depressive disorder on this bipolar quiz.

Most of these dangerous drugs are tested for only 6 to 8 weeks on average.  The general public is the clinical trial and the guinea pigs.  That's where the real testing takes place.  If you are taking a new drug before it has been on the market for three years, you are risking your health and maybe your life.  What is even more frightening is the cross marketing of many psychotropic drugs.  Anti-depressants have been marketed for quiting smoking, insomnia, PMS, and many other disorders that has nothing to do with depression.  I have always been against going to Psychiatrists because they are medical doctors and most are too quick to write a prescription.  If you feel you are depressed or are going through some difficult times, psychologists are the better route.  They are not licensed to write prescriptions.  They have significant training in counseling.  Another person to talk to if you are not feeling great is a nutritionist, naturopath, and/or fitness coach.  Many times people just need to exercise and change their diets to feel better.  For more information on the truth behind psychotropic drugs, watch the video "Making a Killing:  The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging" on YouTube.  The video is an hour and a half but well worth the watch.  The link is below.  

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