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

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Kenneth L4 years ago

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

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Kenneth L.
Kenneth L4 years ago

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

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