Depressed? Is an anti depression drug the answer?

The Risk

According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, every month, approximately 3000 people die as a result of taking psychiatric drugs, like an anti depression drug.

Yet every year 300 million prescriptions are written for psychiatric drugs to treat mental illnesses. The key word is "treat", not cure. Patients who are prescribed an anti depression drug are told they will be on this drug for the rest of their lives.

Chemical Imbalance Theory

So if taking an antidepressant is a lifelong decision, why does it take a doctor less than an hour to diagnose the disease and prescribe the medication?

Is it because a simple blood test is done and the results take less than an hour to confirm diagnoses? No. There is no blood test, there is no lab test, there is NO test. There is the DSM - a manual with opinions.

It is known by the psychiatric industry that there are dangers and a greater risk of suicide for patients taking antidepressants.

Yet our psychiatrists make a diagnosis and write out a prescription in less than 1 hour. A patient is told by their doctor that they have a chemical imbalance. That the chemical imbalance is something they were born with. There is no cure, and the only treatment is an anti depression drug.

I was that patient.

The Drug Company's Customers

And it is because the anti depression drug causes what it is supposed to treat, and because the patient is never cured but only further damaged, that the drug companies have a customer for life.

Let's take a look at Paxil, for example. Although the Paxil scandal received a great deal of publicity with US congress being involved, I speak from experience when I say they are NOT the only offender.

Emotional or Neurological Illness?

Psychiatry has steered the wheel in the direction of mental illnesses being neurological, rather than emotional. But why?

If mental illness were emotional then psychotherapy would be the most appropriate treatment. If mental illness is neurological and related to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, then an anti depression drug would be the most effective treatment method.

Take diabetes for example. There is a chemical imbalance in the patients blood. They don't produce enough insulin. The lack of insulin can be confirmed with a blood test. Insulin can be given to the patient, and then the blood test confirms balance restored.

With depression however, there is an interview with your doctor. He has a checklist, if you meet the criteria on that checklist then he can prescribe you an antidepressant. There is no blood test prior to or after the medication is taken.

Whether or not mental illnesses are neurological and a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, I do not know. But the point is, no one knows, yet it is spoken to be fact.

Rather than putting a halt on antidepressants, which are known to be dangerous, the industry keeps pumping out drug after drug. Why isn't that money being spent on research to determine the real science behind depression and mental illness?

And perhaps more importantly, spent on finding a treatment plan that gives people their lives back, rather than further destroying them!

Every new prescription drug has to be approved by the FDA, yet the individuals who sit on the boards to approve an anti depression drug, have direct ties to the drug companies. It all comes down to money. Not the wellbeing of humanity.

Although I can't change the world, I can only hope to help 1 person at a time come out of the dark place I was once in. Please see my recommendations page to find alternatives to taking an anti depression drug.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. The recommendations on this site are not intended to replace the professional advice of a doctor. If you are suffering from mental illness it is important to seek professional help.