Understanding The Sickness of the American Psyche

There is a deep sickness beginning to take hold of the American psyche that threatens to undermine the already shaken stability of the lives of everyone in this country. 

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Are Psych Drugs Killing 500,000 Seniors?

drugs_senior_death_greenmedinfoDoes the long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good?

Yes, says Professor Peter C. Gotzche.  And, he contends, the harm done by psych drugs causes a shocking 500,000 deaths in adults aged 65 and older every year in the Western World. Continue reading

Manufacturing Madness: The Pseudoscience of Modern Psychiatry

manufacturing_MadnessTwenty-six years have passed since Prozac, the antidepressant drug, was introduced to the US market and quickly achieved the label of a “wonder drug.” In the decade that followed, other antidepressant drugs including paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and citalopram (Celexa) would be released, Continue reading

Confessions of a Renegade Psychiatrist

confessions_regenegade_psychiatristI felt this sensation in the pit of my stomach – it was a combination of sympathy and anger – listening to Annie tell me, through tears, about her postpartum journey into the world of psychiatry. 

Three separate psychiatrists dismissed me when I expressed concerns about taking an addictive medication like Klonopin.  It’s been two years, I can’t get off it, I’m on 4 psych meds and I feel worse than I ever did before I started this treatment. Continue reading

Antidepressant Use Explodes among Developed Nations as Big Pharma Pushes Pills as Magical Problem Solvers

Many of the world’s most unhappy and depressed people live in developed countries where rates of antidepressant use have skyrocketed over the past decade, says a new report issued by the U.S.-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Continue reading

Top-Selling Antidepressants Double your Bone Fracture Risk

Pharmaceutical antidepressants are usually among a class of varied chemicals known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is the feel good central nervous system neurotransmitter that is produced in the body.

The phrase re-uptake inhibitor is confusing to most of us laypersons. Why does inhibiting a feel good chemical make someone feel less depressed?

The SSRIs purportedly modulate and redistribute serotonin, keeping it from being taken in by some neuron receptors and Continue reading

Many Reluctant to Tell Doctors about Depression: Study

Some people with depression symptoms may not tell their family doctor about it — often out of worry they will be placed on an antidepressant, a new study suggests.

In a survey of more than 1,000 California adults, researchers found that 43 percent had at least some misgivings about telling their primary care doctor about any depression symptoms.

Their top concern was the possibility that their doctor would prescribe an antidepressant — a worry voiced by 23 percent of the whole study group.

Another 16 percent thought it was not their doctor’s job to “deal with emotional issues.” And a similar percentage worried that someone — like an employer — Continue reading

A Natural Remedy for Bipolar Disorder

A look at how omega-3 fatty acids influence depression, with  a flurry of evidence concerning how they may treat major depression and depressive symptoms in bipolar disorders.

Nine double-blind controlled studies were found on how effective omega-3s can be for depressed patients, including those with bipolar disorder. Let’s take a look:

1999: A 16-week study of 30 bipolar patients used 6.2 grams (g) of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus 3.4 g of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — both are fish oil — and tested it versus placebo (olive oil). Patients were also taking antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or mood stabilizers. The omega-3 fatty acid group had a longer remission period than placebo group did. The omega-3 group did better than placebo group in all measures of depression.

2002: A one-month study looked at 20 patients with major depression. It compared 2.0 g of EPA to placebo  Continue reading

Study Implies Painkillers Inhibit the Effectiveness of Antidepressant

A new report put forth by researchers from The Rockefeller University (RU) in New York City suggests that combining selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft, with popular over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen, can effectively weaken or negate the alleged benefits of SSRIs on patients. However, based on numerous studies involving antidepressants, there really is no solid evidence that SSRIs do anything at all for many patients other than induce harmful side effects.

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the RU study tested the effects of SSRIs on rats, both with and without the co-administration  Continue reading

Risk of Heart Disease Increased by Use of Antidepressants

Depression is a known side effect of cholesterol- lowering statin drugs. Last year, we reported on two separate studies, which both suggested that statin drugs might affect intelligence, cause depression and even raise the risk of suicide. Now researchers are speculating that antidepressants may act synergistically with depressive symptoms to increase the risk of heart disease.

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Previously, we told you how certain antidepressants (called tricyclic antidepressants) are linked to a 35 per cent increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).  Continue reading