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Are Anti-Depressant Drugs Dangerous?

Are Anti-Depressant Drugs Dangerous?

Is There a† Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Recent Mass-Shootings?

A large number of individuals involved in school and other shootings were either on prescription drugs or coming off them.†Some experts wonder if an added cause of violence is the drugs themselves.

Watch these two videos that draw a connection between anti-depressants and violence and tell us what you think in the comments.

Fox news:† School Shootings (3 min.)
ConnectTheBlots (12 min.)

In the last five decades, more than 20 anti-psychotics and 30 antidepressants have been marketed with over $25 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2011 alone. Thatís a lot of drugs, and the habit of resorting to prescribing drugs is rising rapidly.

Other cultures do NOT prescribe as many drugs for depression.

“The Japanese for example had a noble respect for this thing that we call depression. It was a passageway to the next stage of life,” says Richard Moss , world-renowned consciousness teacher and healer.

This passageway was considered a spiritual experience in which a person examined the darker parts of their psyche which they had been ignoring or repressing. Through this they learned compassion and humility.

All drugs have side effects and can be dangerous. Most drugs work by substituting or blocking certain natural pathways in the body. The body does this by itself but does so very carefully – sometimes one molecule at a time and then carefully regulating the result.

Of course, some drugs have been extremely beneficial for certain cases of depression, but there are sometimes natural alternatives for depression that can avoid any side effects all together. Look at them for yourself and discuss them with your health professional.

Natural approaches to depression include:
  • Therapy
  • Exercise – A 2006 study found that just one bout of exercise, a brisk 30 minute walk, immediately improved the mood of depressed individuals.† Walking is my first choice for exercise. Being outside in the fresh air, under the sun or moon and stars just canít be beat. Read more at Walkin Them Blues Away
  • Nutrition – Low mood symptoms are directly associated with low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter. Proper levels of serotonin are created in the brain when there is the proper balance of tryptophan, an amino acid, certain B vitamins, and certain enzymes. Itís creation is also influenced by blood sugars, Omega 3 fatty acids and the proper balance of melatonin Ė the Ďsleep hormone.í
  • Light therapy – This is one option for SAD (seasonal effectiveness disorder) but works in many other depression-related situations. Read more at 10 Foods (and Fixes) to Improve Your Mood
  • Herbs
  • Yoga and Meditation

Written by Randy Fritz at Real Food For Life.com

Read more: Diet & Nutrition, Health, Self-Help

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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7:53AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

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7:02AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

got cut off of last post:

"...despite thirty years of effort and untold billions in research, not a single biological, chemical, radiological or laboratory test has emerged that can be used to confirm (or refute) the many diagnoses that are so confidently and widely applied by psychiatrists..." Dr. Philip Sinaikin, Psychiatrist

(regarding some diagnostic test for any psychiatric disorder) "Not only is there not any definitive test, there's not any even a slightly useful clinical test" Dr. Colin A. Ross, Psychiatrist

"There is no science to psychiatric diagnoses, no brain based diseases..." Dr. Niall McLaren, Psychiatrist

"...there exists absolutely no independent test to confirm a (psychiatric) diagnosis, i.e. no blood tests, no urine analysis, no MRI test, no CT scan test..." Dr. David Stein, Psychologist for 30 years

6:39AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Tiffany, changes that are seen in pet scans DO NOT prove that someone has schizophrenia and someone does not.

Here is what Dr. Allen Frances says, 46 years in Psychiatry, past Chairman of the Task Force for the current DSM4 (google it if you don't know what that is), and Professor Emeritus at Duke University:

.“There are no objective tests in Psychiatry---no X-ray, laboratory, or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder.”

Here's what some other psychiatrists says:

"We can scan all the brains we want to; the fact that we can see changes in people's brains, changes in functioning, doesn't mean we have discovered anything that has its origin in the brain; it just means that we're seeing changes, but it doesn't mean that there's something wrong with the brain" Dr. Grace Jackson, Psychiatrist

""There is no accepted etiology (causes) of schizophrenia though there have been many theories... the unfortunate truth is we don't know what causes schizophrenia or even what the illness is" Dr. .Edward Drummond, Psychiatrist

"Contrary to what is often claimed, no biochemical, anatomical, or functional signs have been found that reliably distinguish the brains of mental patients.” Dr. Elliot S. Valenstein, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience

'....despite thirty years of effort and untold billions in research, not a single biological, chemical, radiological or laboratory test has emerged th

6:17AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Lol, Jessica W! As I usually do I POST EXACT QUOTES BY HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, NOT ME. So you can keep your personal little attacks at me to yourself.

Any one of the health professionals I quote has between 15 and 45 years of seeing thousands of people in clinical practice. YOU can contact them to disagree with their professional opinion, leave me out of it.

8:31AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

In America we overmedicate. Every little thing needs a drug. I recently had a major traumatic family event that causes me to be sad, angry, and quite stressed. I feel like I can't tell anyone how I feel about it and that makes it hard to go through the emotions. I'm still dealing with caregiving on a scale that leaves NO time for myself so it can be overwhelming, but the thing is I know it will be okay, and we're getting through it.

Yet literally everyone says "you are depressed and need meds" if you don't act like all is just great. That itself is sick and messed up. I don't think I'm "depressed." I KNOW I am trying to manage a difficult time that involves some intense grieving and those feelings are healthy and legit, and DO NOT need to be medicated away. If I'm having a bad day, I paste on a smile, say I'm fine, and do my crying in the car. I hate lying but I'm sick of being told how to feel.

I have a relative who needs depression meds, and that is a whole separate thing. But especially kids are medicated too much. A side effect can be suicidal ideations, so that is a scary price to pay. How many teen suicides were on these meds?

On a side note, a lot of people self-medicate with food. How much of America's obesity has some link to seeking comfort fro food because we just can't handle anything but happy? Every day I deal with kids who have no emotional vocabulary, and know only how to do happy or extreme anger because everything else is considered "wrong." Meds d

10:43PM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Just ignore Kenneth's comments, he is not worth the effort. We call people like him science deniers. Anyway, of course antidepressants are dangerous, just listen to a TV commercial for one. But they also can be lifesavers. The trick is to know yourself, not to follow a doctor's words blindly.

4:34AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

I think doctors often dole out anti-depressants too easily, treating the symptom not the cause.

4:18AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Many "anti-depressants" have as a side effect, caused by the drug, "suicidal tendencies".
This is in the Merck manual.

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