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Take This Antidepressant, and You Too May Have a Violent Psychotic Break

Health & Wellness  (tags: research, risks, drugs, antidepressants, investigation, warning )

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Not only may the drugs meant to cure your depression actually drive you to suicide, but these dangerous and addictive drugs may be behind the Columbine shooting--and dozens of others.


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Carrie B (306)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 4:26 pm
These are not "bad drugs", and there is a need for them, but if you are one of the many who are being prescribed an antidepressant, make sure you have a good doctor who is going to require close follow up visits to make sure you are taking the correct medication and correct dosage for you.

Mike S (86)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 5:15 pm
I've noticed that pretty well every ad I see for big pharma products these days lists death as a possible side effect...I wonder, is that reversible if you stop taking their product?

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 5:20 pm
Mike, I really love my friends!

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 7:08 pm
Mike, most say death is a Rare Side Effect, so you probably only die once in a while.. and maybe only a little bit if you have the right health coverage. Look at Cheney - he MUST be on antidepressants, yet he doesn't let being a kitten-eating Zombie turn him suicidal! Just Don't go hunting ducks in a barral with him..;D

Agnes H (144)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 7:28 pm
I have none of these effects although having been on Effexor for several years. I left a comment. I'm going through a rough patch at the moment due to my husband's serious health problems and the worrying makes my depression worse. I have suffered from depression since I was at least 17, my first major breakdown, and although I don't remember I tried to kill my cousin then, and I wasn't on anything! They think I was suffering from depression when I was much younger, but in those days it wasn't something you talked about I suppose. It can happen even if you don't take anything but just have to be pushed far enough by something that happens at that moment.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 8:06 pm
Agnes, thank you for sharing. Antidepressants do many good things for many of us. I have been taking Paxil since 1995 and it has helped tremendously with my OCD and depression. I visit my doctor regularly and the dosage is changed up or down depending on my personal needs. Without this medication I would be lost. We all are different and not everyone needs or benefits from these meds.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 8:46 pm
Noted and thanks Carrie.
I worked in the medical field and IMHO doctors give out too many pills instead of trying other methods that don't carry the side effects of these pills.
I could tell you guys a story but I don't want to bore anyone . I will just say sometimes people are dignosed with a condition they either don't have or that can be cured without meds in a natural healthy way and never need meds which are mind altering and can do great damage to the liver and kidneys.
Today the new diagnosis given by doctors which are on the rampant are Bi-polar , OCD and ADD or ADHD . I don't think anyone can convince me that there are that many people with these illnesses . I have a friend I have known for 40 years who was recently diagnosed as being Bi- Polar .Now I would have noticed this sometime during the 40 years I have known this person . Sorry but doctors are negligent in the way they treat people today.

William Y (54)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 9:20 pm
These drugs need to be monitored by the doctors who prescribe them. The patients should be given a small supply and only when it is shown that they do not have a reaction to them, then they can be prescribed. I have been on depressants for many years., off and on since the early 70s.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 9:40 pm
I don't mean to disrespect anyone who takes these meds but I have to tell you that these drugs were never suppose to be used for the long term .They were only initially suppose to be used in conjunction with behavioral and talk therapy to get to the root of the problem. Only now doctors are side steping the talk therapy and behavioral therapy for just handing out the pills indefinately. There is also a biolgical reason for some depression a lack of vitamin D which you get from sunshine ,"hense the saying I have the winter blues," in cold country we have less sunshine . There are sun lamps used in therapy to aid in giving you the vitamin D you lack. You can take a pill form but its not as effective as sunshine or sun lamps

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 10:41 pm
Thank you Carrie, I never understood the logic of giving a depressed person a depressant.
Here is a very good read.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 10:42 pm
Sometimes they are needed long term because of chemical imbalances, Linda. All the therapy in the world won't help in those cases. I do agree that too often they are prescribed unnecessarily, but not always. Doctor supervision and care is the key.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 10:43 pm
The Aftermath Of Prozac,
Zoloft, Luvox, Fen-Phen,
& Many Other
Serotonergic Drugs
By Dr. Ann Blake Tracy - Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness

Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, a PhD in Psychology and Health Sciences, has specialized for 10 years in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications. She is the executive director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness ( and author of the book PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? (800-280-0730)

Lisa H (180)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 11:42 pm
The biggest issue with medications these days is the FDA. See, each new president gets to put all his buddies in nice little offices with new jobs! So if your buddy works for Monsanto, you make him the head of Agriculture, if your buddy works for Pfizer, you make him head of the FDA. Then he gets lots of backdoor money for making sure those high-dollar drugs get approved and on the market by ignoring those pesky side effects, like psychosis or death. Then in 20 years when YET ANOTHER drug is pulled from the market for all the psychosis and death it causes, NOBODY is liable, because "we just didn't know". There is NO Part of our government that is not corrupt.

Jose Gaspar (11)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 4:23 am

Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 4:23 am
Thank you Carrie!
Thanks also to Sioux for passing on this news.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 4:25 am
Thanks Carrie, and thanks also to Sioux for passing along this news.

Kristina B. (6)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 6:26 am
I'm not saying there is anything "wrong" with their story, but you have to be aware of news with an agenda. Drug makers have an agenda to make a profit, but when reading news created by natural health practitioners who are selling supplements, there is the same agenda. Instead, look for news that is supported by legitimate non profits and scientific studies published in reputable journals that are peer reviewed, otherwise, you are just reading what "sounds right" to you and not facts.

Dotti L (85)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 8:53 am
Just listening to the ads on T.V. for these drugs is enough to scare you to death.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 9:05 am
Dotti, the data used for these drug warnings is pretty confusing, and often times the drugs are less scary. The problem is in over prescribing by physicians. Or prescribing unnecessarily. Not everyone who is having a hard time coping with life needs an antidepressant drug. Unfortunately, many physicians use it as an easy fix. This is a very different world and our lives tend to be more stressful and complicated than our grandparents' lives, so doctors find the easiest fix for us. A very low dose of one of these drugs may help over a hard patch, but unless there are chemical imbalances or a history of depression or other related mental illness, drugs are not the answer.

Constance F (418)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 9:16 am
People must be their own advocate. I can not stress that are in bed with the pharmaceutical companies, and just because the man/woman in the white coat prescribes us something, it isn't necessarily in our best interest at all. Absolutely not. We must take it upon ourselves to do the research, and look for possible alternatives if they exist. All pharmaceutical drugs innately carry side effects, possibly
serious side effects, and for some, fatalities. We know that. I am not necessarily opposed to drugs, if I have a bad asthma attack, shoot me in the ass with some high powdered prednisone - thank you. But I also do alot of other things alternatively to keep this from happening. Look, sometimes people would rather take the drugs, they would rather continue to eat a certain diet and take their statins. And the over prescribed anti-depressants is horrific. They are prescribed like candy, and not necessarily for people who have chemical imbalances, but are simply going through a challenging time. Ok, I babble on, but I am passionate about this, and want every single person to be their own advocate and researcher. It's your only protection from the many, many abuses of the pharmaceutical companies.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 10:37 am
Thank you Kathy for posting the link to that link to that article which does show case studies ! I wish everyone would read it even if it is long.

My sentiments too Constance ! We should be our own advocates and stop relying on doctors who are getting kickbacks from these pharmicuducal companies to decide what is best for us .

The sad thing about all this is most of the people on these meds do not see the decline in themselves and those close to them either are afraid to tell them or they are just oblivious to it. I have know personaly many people who think these drugs are helping them when in fact they have depilitated them, changing them from productive people to people who can't even take care of their own personal needs .
Case in point two friends of mine ,one diagnosed as bi-polar and the other anxiety . The first one used to be vibrant and took care of his personal hygiene and was neat and clean both in his person and his home ,after being on these pills ( a number of the ) turned to drinking ,not shaving and taking care of his personal hygiene ,being drepressed constantly and his home is filled with garbage bags and dirt . Now it wasn't the use of alcohol that came first it was the pills which triggered off the craving for alcohol and if you read that Doctors study you will see this is exactly what it can do to people. So where did the use of these pills help this persons quality of life ? It didn't it destrpoyed it . The second person is also a text book case written in this doctors study .She was also a productive vibrant person and has suffered much of the same things this male friend of mine has only now she is on oxygen because she has lung problems and chronic bronchitis (as shown in this study as a side effect of these drugs). No amount of talking to either of these people will convince them that they should be weaned off these meds because now they are addicted to them and don't want to give them up. Yet they are destroying their lives ! Sad what can happen when you don't become your own advocate and find out the facts before you take something that can literally destroy your life .
I am only one person and if I know several people personally who were adversely effected by these meds think how many people there really are who are effected .


Kathy Johnson (29)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 12:46 pm
Interesting article

Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 4:07 pm
noted and thanx Carrie :0
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