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Are Anti-Depressants Good Or Evil?

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Are Anti-Depressants Good Or Evil?

Iím sitting in the green room, about to appear on Daytime TV, and the television is blaring in the background. Now mind you, I donít have television in my home so Iím a bit out of the loop. But since Iíve been sitting here, Iíve seen one anti-depressant ad after another (mixed in with ads for lawyers who want to help you sue your doctor if you had complications from your anti-depressant). WTF?

When did anti-depressants get marketed to TV viewers? And why do they all promise peace, joy, tranquility, and the end to all of lifeís suffering? I mean seriously people.

Now donít get me wrong. Iím no Tom Cruise, and I swear I wonít be judging Brooke Shields if she takes anti-depressants for her postpartum depression. Anti-depressants can be a Godsend, and I have witnessed lives being saved. Sometimes, these drugs are a necessary step to get someone out of bed and back into life. Sometimes, they literally talk someone off the ledge. God bless Zoloft.

Holistic approach to depression

ButÖ(and this is a huge but for me)Ö anti-depressants are just one of many tools to help people deal with mood disorders. These ads instill in me the fear that too many misinformed patients and busy doctors will run zero to sixty towards drugs, when treatment for depression should be much more holistic.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at†LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities -†HealHealthCareNow.com and†OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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2:46AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

It's advisable for us to rely on tuning our thoughts rather than taking pills

4:34PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

"No single reproducible abnormality in any transmitter or any of it's enzymes or receptors has been shown to cause any psychiatric disorder" Dr. Stephen M. Stahl, Psychiatrist

"I think the commercials on TV really create this illusion that there's a set chemical (imbalance) thing going on when someone has a mental disorder....we certainly have theories...but truly they remain theories" Dr. Mary Braud, Psychiatrist

"There is no rational science behind what they (psychiatrists) think is the cause of these ('mental disorder') symptoms. The medications that are being given to people are, without exception, introducing chemicals that are altering the brain in ways that can be very damaging" Dr. Grace Jackson, Psychiatrist

"We really see these (psychotropic) medications as having very significant side effects..." Mike Fitzpatrick, executive director National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

"We know for a fact the (psychiatric) drugs don't work very well" Dr. Colin Ross, Psychiatrist

"The antidepressants are really causing this massive epidemic in diagnosis of bipolar disorder, because a certain percentage of people given antidepressants, and stimulants for that matter (eg. Ritalin), have a manic reaction. There have been studies that show this"
Jim Gottstein, attorney


6:41PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

It depends, id the individual has a need for such because the synapse are not connecting within the brain properly then yes, they are extremely productive and outweigh many of the reported risks that accompany the package insert. The blessing in this for those in need is that there are so many on the market so should a person have an uncomfortable reaction, they can be switched to something else. Of course there is a little poison in every pill (Medication) but one must ask themselves... if the medication serves the problem and many side affects are far rarer than purported, then isn't it worth one's quality of life. The down side is that more people are hooked on pain killers than anti depressants and this can do extreme damage to the kidneys, liver, as well as the heart.

4:15PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

exercise its much better

7:15PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Thank you :)

8:04AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Considering almost all psychiatric drug trial 'studies' are slanted, that is, any negative results are hidden, so the FDA will approve them, skewers the 'good or evil' question at square one. Considering most psychiatric drugs are only slightly better than placebos in the short-term (except with many and great side-effects possible) and no better or worse than placebos in the long-term again makes the 'good or evil' question moot.

2:43PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Anti-depressants, given the sheer level of addictiveness, general lack of efficacy, side-effects, and toxicity, would, if given a value judgement, be assessed as "evil." Nature has provided us a simple plant to treat depression and many of our other ills, cannabis.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/sacred-blessing-cannabis-01/

2:03AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

i've been on both sides

5:50PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Thank You very much. As one who has taken antid. for 15 years I wish I knew all this and would of have listened to the small voice inside of me. but now I am listening. This is my story and I realize antid. can be wonderful while you are learning new ways to cope.
But when the apathy controls your life it is time to look for alternatives and now I am trying to do that.

5:45AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

In this very stressful world with rejection for many people it is not surprising that people need help....

NOT everyone has a steady job,a wife and a happy family life!!!!

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