Pills are thrust at people, diagnosed with depression to settle the swaddling imbalance of the chemicals in the brain. But these pills stomp on Neurotransmitters and serrate the mind from fulfilment. The Chemical imbalance theory isn’t even proven, yet it is hailed by anyone gargling on this Pharmaceutical jargon. In 1996, neuroscientist Steven Hyman, who was head of the NIMH at the time, and is today Provost of Harvard University, published the paper “Initiation and Adaptation: A Paradigm for Understanding Psychotropic Drug Action,”5 in which he explains this. According to Dr. Hyman, once your brain has undergone a series of compensatory adaptations to the drug, your brain operates in a manner that is “both qualitatively and quantitatively different than normal.” (Depression is not a chemical imbalance in your brain – here’s proof, 2011) “Scientists have only been able to develop antidepressant drugs that work to control how neurotransmitters affect the brain”, this excludes the indelible roles of “genetic predisposition, stressful life events, and other medical problems.” (Rivas, 2015) The pills pollute the mind into a pool of lassitude. Tricyclics and SSRIs are renowned for causing “drowsiness”. (Rivas, 2015) So, it’s important to understand that these drugs are NOT normalizing agents. “They’re abnormalizing agents, and once you understand that, you can understand how they might provoke a manic episode, or why they might be associated violence and suicide,” (Depression is not a chemical imbalance in your brain – here’s proof, 2011)
People are drained from these cutting ballistic missiles that churn, chip and “correct”. It’s impossible to measure the exacting quantities of drugs for each person. The brain, is not a severed arm that needs to be staunched, it’s a labyrinth still imbuing mystery. To “identify a “chemical imbalance” at the molecular level is not compatible with the extant science.” (Lacasse and Leo, 2005) Shelling the brain is simply irrevocable resulting in the degradation of potency. “Some antidepressants increase serotonin levels, some decrease it,” (Kirsch, 2014) How do they calculate the amounts required? Are you lacking or in excess of serotonin? “Serotonin regulation would need to be the cause (and remedy) of each of these disorders . This is improbable, and no one has yet proposed a cogent theory”. (Lacasse and Leo, 2005) There’s no possible way to determine this, unless you wholly subscribe to this ostensible radicalism.
A person can call to the Doctor, complain that the pills have zero effect and bingo! The dosage is amplified. It’s not known why “anti-depressant tolerance” (Cat, no date) occurs but it permits the doctor to prescribe a stronger dose? Is this just an easy route for doctors? Vetting a drug that guarantees all the “happiness” in the world. “There is not a single peer-reviewed article that can be accurately cited to directly support claims of serotonin deficiency in any mental disorder” (Lacasse and Leo, 2005), yet it is despatched in high volumes to patients. A major con of upping the dosage is “difficult withdrawal (if ever want to quit)” (Cat, no date) and the likelihood that it may “not work” (Cat, no date) and of course subsequent “side-effects”. (Cat, no date) Sense is eschewed into a typhoon of delirium, why are we letting these pharmaceutical companies profit? This cataclysm of these dishonest dealings is ceaseless.
An internal battle is fought. The brain duly surrenders unconditionally. The outward channel of the person projects listlessness. “It’s true that taking an SSRI changes the way nerve cells work inside your brain. This causes changes in the way you feel, act, and behave.” (SSRIs: Myths and facts about selective serotonin Reuptake inhibitors, 2015) Their charisma is dithered and motivation stifled. “Some people report a general dulling of emotion while taking SSRIs.” (SSRIs: Myths and facts about selective serotonin Reuptake inhibitors, 2015) The ululation of “I must take my pills”, is uttered daily. Anti-Depressants are not dubbed as addictive but this is a false pretence. Margrethe Nielsen, Ph.D.and lead author on the meta-analysis, protests that they should be “labelled as addiction” (Secher, 2013). SSRI medicine and benzodiazepines, both serve to treat Mental illnesses and both work by affecting the Central Nervous System. The only thing to set them apart is that “the Danish Ministry of Health categorizes benzodiazepines as addictive” (Secher, 2013). Nielson contends that ”People get the exact same symptoms when they stop taking the drugs and in our view this makes it necessary to categorize SSRI drugs as addictive,” (Secher, 2013). People grow much too dependent and an unhealthy obsession emerges. Simple tasks are curtailed if they don’t have them. It’s as if one single sachet contains all the vagaries of their personality, all thronged together in a perfect serum. Confidence dwindles when the pills have not been ingested, it’s a frightening affair. So much power emanates from this pill when all we seek is innate, dormant ready to be stimulated. The pills upset this natural speck, it impairs reaction and inflames nonchalant torpor. The pills are host to timorous recipients riddled with doubt of the human mind. The pill is a sanctum embodying the concave of deployed emotions they have ridden.
I have seen people, fully sedated by the pills, registering into the “norm” by being non-responsive. I don’t see how people can thrive from this deplorable pill which countermands the cerebral. I’m aware that it numbs the throbbing molestation of depression but it also wards off the very makings of our being. Patients are paddling in a cesspool, inaugurated by the trusty foes known as Doctors. It’s an easy pawn for the Doctor, but the medicine is simply based on hypotheses. According to studies the placebo effect debunked the actual drug effect. “Seventy-five percent of the improvement in the drug group also occurred when people were give dummy pills with no active ingredient in them.” (Kirsch, 2014)Thorough observation of the patient must ensue but the patient is overwrought with placidity, and there’s no cause for concern. We must re-evaluate these drugs and the severity of their side-effects “and for many people, these effects are serious enough to make them stop taking the medication” (Helpguide, no date). Despite the personality being diluted by this cavernous pill. “Instead of curing depression, popular antidepressants may induce a biological vulnerability making people more likely to become depressed in the future.” (Kirsch, 2014)
Anti-Depressant Over-dose is the biggest killer amidst us today. It’s easy access firstly and close surveillance from Doctors doesn’t even exist. The Doctor’s prescription is simply signatory to the Death Warrant. “SSRIs can cause an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors.” (Helpguide, no date) These pills if anything are a blinded corruption. A Study conducted in 2015 “that included more than 238,000 adults ages 20 to 64 years of age reported that patients reported that patients” taking “mirtazapine, venlafaxine, or trazodone were much more likely to commit suicide or attempt suicide/self-harm” (NCHReditor, 2015) Prof Peter Gotzsche, director of a Danish research centre, revealed that “drugs given to patients with depression, attention deficit and dementia were responsible for the deaths of more than half a million people aged 65 and over each year in the Western world.” (Donnelly, 2015)
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