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6 Facts Big Pharm Doesn’t Want You to Know About Anti-depressants

6 Facts Big Pharm Doesn’t Want You to Know About Anti-depressants


Part of being an adult is making choices for yourself, of course. But when it comes to making important choices about whether or not to take prescription medication which can potentially change your brain chemistry (you can’t get much more important that that!), you really need some hard facts to inform your choice.


Fact #1- ALL Antidepressant Medication’s Carry a Risk of Side Effects.

Often doctors don’t even discuss the potentially harmful effects that taking antidepressants may have with their patients. It’s also highly probable that some of these side effects are then discounted as symptoms of depression rather than the effects of the medication. Keep in mind, doctors are subjected to some of the most sophisticated marketing from the pharmaceutical companies of anyone on the planet. This does not mean they are pharmacological experts who fully understand how every drug they prescribe works. Matters can become even more complicated when a patient is taking additional medication, either for another issue, or prescribed by another doctor. The multiple side effects of these cocktails of chemicals may be unknowingly wreaking havoc in the body. 

My mother is an example of this scenario. She ended up in the emergency room after passing out one day. At first, they could not discover a reason. Then it was discovered that she was on 9 – NINE! different medications prescribed by her various doctors for everything from high blood pressure to edema, to depression, et cetera, and the side effects were in contraindication to each other. Once we got her off eight of those medications she quickly stabilized and her quality of life has improved significantly. 


Fact #2 – Antidepressants Can Be Harmful

Medicinal drug-induced deaths are now the fourth cause of death in medical settings. The idea that medical drugs are unequivocally good for us is, pun intended, dead in the water. While it is unquestionably true that medical drugs do save lives, and improve the quality of many more, it’s important to remember that there is a huge financial incentive for drug companies to develop medications that have to be taken for life. Because, should you become well (Hurray!), you are no longer a profit for the drug manufacturer. I personally think that antidepressants may help in the short term to help a person stabilize, but that the end goal should be to get the mind/body/spirit back to it’s natural, innate homeostasis.


Fact #3 – The Underlying Causation of Depression is Unproven

Drug companies spend billions of dollars every year promoting the idea that depression is purely a biological illness that can only be treated chemically by long-term usage of their products. Even though there is absolutely no evidence that clinical depression is caused through ‘faulty biology’ or ‘bad genes’. Most of the studies are conducted by the drug companies themselves and are not independently assessed so they can choose to be very selective on the studies that they publish.


Fact #4 – No Variety of Antidepressant is Any More Effective than Another

While it is true that the more recent SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are slightly less toxic than the older TCAs (tricyclic antidepressants) or MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), the newer ones don’t work any better. One notable study is the STAR*D trial, the largest antidepressant effectiveness trial conducted in the United states. It compared the effectiveness of different antidepressants and found no significant differences in remission rates among the various medications tested. Depression cannot be compared to type one diabetes – although this misleading comparison is routinely given by doctors.


Fact #5 – Higher Dosage or Stacking (Taking More Than One Medication) Makes No Difference to Outcome

It’s a dangerous mistaken belief that a person will get better quicker or experience less symptoms if they are on a higher dosage of anti-depressant. This increases the risk of potentially harmful side effects which puts all the systems of the body at risk and can also lead to comorbidity. I know of more than one acquaintance who committed suicide after altering the dosage of their anti-depressant medication. 


And Finally: Fact #6 – Effective Hypnotherapy/Psychotherapy is Better at Overcoming Depression than Drugs

Psychotherapy and hypnotherapy also change the way your brain works, but in a good way – without adverse side effects. Research has proven that, because it teaches skills that can be used for life, it is much better at preventing relapse into depression than antidepressants. This is because we address the root causes that drive the depression instead of merely masking the symptoms. If you want to pull out a weed, you have to pull it out by the roots; otherwise it will just grow back hardier and more resilient.



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