My Future’s So Bright, I gotta…..

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(This is the first part of a two part post.)

you_need_more_than_this_by_tntrekabulator-d5okqiyThe following three  paragraphs were taken from the Harvard Health Blog, dated October 20, 2011  titled “Astounding Increase In Antidepressant Use By Americans,” by PeterWehrwein, Editor of Harvard Health.

 “According to a report released on October 19, 2011, by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008….”

 “The federal government’s health statisticians figure that about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant. And by their reckoning, antidepressants were the third most common prescription medication taken by Americans in 2005–2008, the latest period during which the  (NHANES) collected data on prescription drug use.”

 “Here are a few other stand-out statistics from the report on antidepressants:

  • 23% of women in their 40s and 50s take antidepressants, a higher percentage than any other group (by age or sex)
  • Women are 2½ times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men
  • 14% of non-Hispanic white people take antidepressants compared with just 4% of non-Hispanic blacks and 3% of Mexican Americans
  • Less than a third of Americans who are taking a single antidepressants (as opposed to two or more) have seen a mental health professional in the past year
  • Antidepressant use does not vary by income status.”

The following three paragraphs were taken from a New York Review of Books article dated June 23, 2011.

 “For obvious reasons, drug companies make very sure that their positive studies are published in medical journals and doctors know about them, while the negative ones often languish unseen within the FDA, which regards them as PROPIETARY AND THEREFORE CONFIDENTIAL.*This practice greatly biases the medical literature, medical education, and treatment decisions….”

 “{The Author used a]Freedom of Information Act to obtain FDA reviews of all placebo-controlled clinical trials, whether positive or negative, submitted for the initial approval of the six most widely used antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.”

 “Altogether, there were forty-two trials of the six drugs. Most of them were negative. Overall, placebos were 82 percent as effective as the drugs, as measured by the Hamilton Depression Scale (HAM-D), a widely used score of symptoms of depression. The average difference between drug and placebo was only 1.8 points on the HAM-D, a difference that, while statistically significant, was clinically meaningless. The results were much the same for all six drugs: they were all equally unimpressive. Yet because the positive studies were extensively publicized, while the negative ones were hidden, the public and the medical profession came to believe that these drugs were highly effective antidepressants.”**

 Okay, you can say that my bias is evident.  I will agree that I think that what we do to people with chemicals comes out of the medical-industrial complexes vision of the world.  Prescribe, prescribe, prescribe, or more honestly stated, sell, sell, sell.

 However, the statistics come from the Government itself, which has a vested interest.  You think that it would be our, the people who pay their salary’s,  best interest?  Really?  Seriously?*

 Okay the question is what do we do?  I have heard that those who complain are volunteering to work on the problem.  Stay tuned to Pt. 2 of this post, tomorrow.

 *You have to got to be kidding me?  I am sorry but if the FDA does not allow the negative tests out and hides vital information they are there to make sure the public gets access to, they are nothing but whores to the drug companies.  Sluts is a better word. ** If you put out  a product that was only 18 percent more effective as against taking nothing, you think you would be in business very long?

 http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/astounding-increase-in-antidepressant-use-by-americans-201110203624;

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jun/23/epidemic-mental-illness-why/

blogformentalhealth20131100_1607finger touching nose of baby 123 Fanatic.  It is wayyyy better to seek forgiveness than it is permission.

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2 thoughts on “My Future’s So Bright, I gotta…..

  1. I have worked for organizations that deal with pharmaceutical companies, and by “deal” I mean critize their greediness and their wanting to “sell” – medicines should not be a “market”. But it is. And so pharmas invest a lot of money in drugs for the wealthy countries (antidepressants, fat-reducing pills, and other illnesses that go with living in the western world). But they do not give a damn that for e.g. approx. 660’000 people have died of Malaria in 2010 alone. Or that people die of orphaned diseases just because they live in Africa where there is no market at all. It is a dirty business, if you ask me. And I for one thing do not believe one minute that antidepressants really help. I have seen friends taking them, and they turned into some zombies or overexited robots unrecognizable to me). Anyway I could go on forever, but I will leave it at that. Thanks for sharing your ideas about it.

  2. People seeking help for their depression did so because it has gotten to the point that (a) it was significantly hindering them in their daily lives, (b) it had gone on long enough to try other methods and find that they did not relieve the problem. I prefer a multifaceted approach, but sometimes medication is a good way to start managing an unmanageable problem.

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