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Antidepressants Proven to be Useless, Pushed on Public Anyway

Mike Barrett
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February 24th, 2012
Updated 12/21/2012 at 2:56 pm
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The psychiatric community as well as health and government officials have been pushing antidepressants on the people for years. Instead of addressing the underlying cause of such negative feelings, psychiatrists and medical representatives have been making you think that the only answer to depression is an antidepressant drug. However, the claims that antidepressants are the answer are completely false, but many will refuse to admit the truth to the public. Why? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that antipsychotics raked in over $14 billion in sales back in 2008.

Useless Antidepressants Pushed on Public

Those pushing antidepressants would at least have an argument for their use if the drugs worked, but they aren’t even effective. In fact, the pills have been shown to worsen depression. The Food and Drug Administration even admits that antidepressants are more than capable of causing suicidal thoughts and an increased risk of suicide. According to research concerning antidepressant trials, around 1 in 5 patients on popular Cymbalta and other related pharmaceuticals may actually feel worse than those given placebo pills. Despite the evidence linking popular antidepressants like Prozac to suicide, more than 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 are now taking antidepressants prescribed by their doctors.

Recently, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, data was requested and received showing that big pharma has known as along that the drugs don’t work. After studying placebos for over 30 years, Irving Kirsch of Havard Medical School requested unpublished studies which show that antidepressants provide almost no benefit, while placebos prove effective. Seeing as placebos are almost always more or just as effective, the push for antidepressants is both useless and irresponsible.


Even if the drug were effective, as big pharma continues to claim, are the potential 100′s of negative side-effects worth the risk? In addition to experiencing the dizziness, mania, impotence, and suicidal thoughts, you may also be causing your arteries to thicken 400 percent faster than they normally would.

Instead of subjecting yourself to this harmful and unnecessary ‘solution’, explore all other options. Depression is often the result of a much deeper unresolved emotional scar. By engaging in a state of meditation, you may be able to unconsciously uncover the path to solving this issue. The feelings may also be the result of a state of denial regarding what things in your life are making you happy and unhappy. Truly recognizing what makes you feel a certain way empowers you to make the decisions in your life to exclude the bad and embrace the good.

While searching for the core reason, there are also dietary decisions to be made. Vitamin D, probiotics, and omega-3 fatty acids should all be considered to help fight depression. By incorporating super supplements like turmeric and living a healthy lifestyle, you will also be giving yourself greater health, empowerment, and accomplishment.

About Mike Barrett:
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  • Jaylan

    I was suffering from severe depression and anxiety when I was a teen (I'm 24 now) and my doctor had me see a psychiatrist. My psychiatrist got me started on some meds that he said would make me feel great. I was started on Prozac and Welbutrin. I fell like I have my life back! These meds DO WORK! It's REAL science! Sure I have some of the side effects like minor shakes, sweating, weight gain, even a bit of hair loss and some loss of sex drive, but my doc says those side effects are temporary and should diminish over time. Some of the side effects have gone away and some remain, but it's no big deal. I've been on the meds for 9 years now. I inquired about herbs and a natural approach for my depression and my doctor said that there are no natural treatments that work, and the so-called natural cures for depression are very dangerous and can even be deadly. I now only believe in science based medicine because it's results based and proven to work. Natural treatments are harmful and you're not protected by the FDA with that homeopathic snake oil BS.

    • Anonymous

      Placebo affect?

  • kvikingeur@hushmail.

    My wife a phd was prescribed anti depressants over a decade ago..our family life became more depressing …then along came ELY LILLIES cymbalta and everything turned to triple insanity plus putrid madness..thanx big pharma scum ..to hell with them I can book the seats for hell for their ceo's they are redhot ..

    • http://www.jonnyslaw.org Michael J. Midlo

      This is actually a reply to (HatePushers ) above: Yes I believe so, and that's that our FDA is letting them get away with MURDER!
      Go to( http://www.jonnyslaw.org) and become part of the solution!

      As for (kvikingeur) This has happened to our daughter but we now have a good psychiatrist that is helping us slowly ween her off of these drugs. Our son lost his life not only because of an arrogant, deceptive,and manipulative, drug pushing psychiatrist but also because he abruptly quit taking Trazodone that was intentionally mislabeled as a sleeping pill which threw him into a psychotic break. I hope your wife is doing better and my prayers are with you
      Sincerely: Michael

  • HatePushers

    Is there anything worse than Big Pharma drug pushers? What type of "human being" would KNOWINGLY sell products that cause people to commit suicide? These creatures are SUB-HUMAN and should be treated as such. Leagalize pot and send these leeches to prison instead.

  • womble71

    Unfortunately chemical imbalance has never been proven it's just a theory. Much easier to make people take mind-numbing meds than to address the real causes of major depression, which seems to be abject poverty.

    • Alex

      If there are natural alternatives for depression, does that apply to major depression and Bipolar disorders. It is nice to be able to see a homeopath, but on Medicaid there are no choices. Have ideas

      • http://www.jonnyslaw.org Michael J. Midlo

        It's been found that some bi-polar disorders are brought on by SSRI's. I've met people personally that are living with this reality.

  • Jared

    This article is a joke. Obviously there will be a correlation between suicides and people "on" antidepressants. The population of people taking these pills is already extremely prone to suicide. Not to mention we don't know if they are actually on the pills or if they just have them prescribed(although an autopsy could help with this). Moreover, who's to say that the pill is the reason they killed themselves? It could just be a third variable. This article is terribly inconclusive and full of speculation. It's just propaganda. Just look at the style that it's written in. The whole "your government is putting us at risk to make profit" theme is frequently followed with bullshit speculation.

    • http://www.jonnyslaw.org Michael J. Midlo

      Its true that some suicides and violent acts can be because of the ineffectiveness of the SSRI that they were taking and that they can be helpful for people with certain serotonin uptake problems where an uptake inhibitor is appropriate but there are many people who have attempted or succeeded in killing themselves or others with tons of data behind it that's being intentionally covered up along with the thousands of people that are being pumped with SSRI's intentionally mislabeled as sleep medication resulting in harm or death to themselves or others. AND THAT'S NO JOKE! Mabey you will have to become a victim or loose someone you care about before you can take your head out of the sand!

  • mtaka

    There is no happy pill. Life is what you make it there is no cure for how you feel.

  • Annie

    Oh yeah, forgot to say, exercise has been shown to be far more effective for depression than any so called "medication".

    • kimberlee

      Twenty years ago, after the birth of my first child, I went into a bad depression and the doctors put me on medication and I had been taking them ever since. One pill would appear to stop working and they would put me on another. Last year, after a bad bout of worsening symptoms and a suicide attempt, I said to he** with them all and stopped taking everything. I feel SO much better!! I have blue times, but nothing bad and I no longer have the mania and anxiety that had been happening in the last few years. How much money and time I wasted on their bullsh**! I've never been happier than I have in the last year.

  • Annie

    Shrinks are a dead loss. Avoid!

  • http://www.artbreak.com DAWK

    great article!! will pass this on to a friend taking depressants.

    ironic as this idea seems,why not ask doctors to 'prescribe'….old TV shows now on the internet,like seinfield-third rock from the sun-married with children etc. then ,make the drug gangsters/big pharma pay for them.

    and vitamin d-3 should be touted and provided for free via big pharma,who stole all those billions in depressants pills that knowingly didn't work.

    next, imprison all FDA officials whom approved these drugs for depression,which were bogus.that would be a small start to right the wrongs…

    • Dan

      Seinfeld, Third Rock From The Sun, Married With Children, Pardon me?!! You want there to be mass suicides amongst sane individuals? Just make them watch one episode of one of those garbage shows. Those horrible, egregious, offensive shows should only be used as a means of interrogation. And even that use is a bit extreme.

  • Betsy

    Vitamin D3 is no joke … unlike these horrible pharmaceuticals! Mood lifting is just one of the great things vitamin D3 does. It makes me wonder how much longer big pharma will allow it to remain on the market.

  • Kamo

    I concur with the statement that antidepressants cause suicidal thoughts. I was depressed because of loss of income leading to eviction from my apartment and told the shrink this was the reason for my depression. But instead of putting me in touch with services which could have helped me he prescriped Celexa. This drug didn't help me find a new job nor a new apartment. During the time I took it I thought about suicide more often than I ever did before. Actually I *never* considered it before taking Paxil but this drug made it look like ending one's life is no big deal, one feels detached from normal emotions. Very scary.

  • http://farganne.wordpress.com James Farganne

    Antidepressants are much more than useless: they are a deliberate attack on humanity.

    For information gleaned from classified documents extracted from GlaxoSmithKline, go to:

    http://www.jimstonefreelance.com

    Thank you.

    • VPutin

      I agree that a percentage of Depression cases are based on underlying feelings, issues, etc. And I do NOT support Big Pharma in the least. But, not all depression is caused by treatable psychological thought processes or brought on by life conditions.

      There are those whose depression results from a chemical imbalance in the brain. Their lives are good, they have no issues, yet there is depression.

      I know. I'm one of those people.

      I'm merely pointing out that to ever "rule", there are exceptions. And this article seems to suggest ALL depression can be managed by counseling. Not so.

      • Hell's Enforcer

        I know exactly what you mean. Depression, for me, is caused by genetics, brain injury due to childhood battering, diabetes since childhood for many years, rotten self-image beginning in childhood, rotten living environment, endless failures & poverty. For some reason, I see this depression as being very deep.

        • Jackie

          Yeah, my doc told me I had a "genetic" illness, too. Problem was, he never sent me for genetic testing, so there was no proof of that other than his assertion. I swallowed his pills and his lies for years before I wised up.

    • http://www.jonnyslaw.org Michael J. Midlo

      Hi James
      Thank-you for the link, I will check it out. It sounds like it would be a helpfull addition ti our links page at "www.jonnyslaw.org."
      I would also like to invite you to comment on our "citizen advocates "section or wherever else you feel called to do so
      Sincerely: Michael