As psychiatry and the giant pharmaceutical companies fight to create a PR spin that antidepressants are harmless non-addictive drugs â€“ the truth is beginning to come out showing the dangers of these drugs. Along with horrific side effects these drugs produce while you take them, they are now proving for some people to be nearly impossible to stop taking. As this article by the Associated Press proves many patients experience terrible antidepressant withdrawal so severe that some appear to be hooked on antidepressants for life.
The Associated Press article provides an example of one of the victims side effects and withdrawal symptoms. In the article they state:
â€œWhen Gina O’Brien decided she no longer needed drugs to quell her anxiety and panic attacks, she followed doctor’s orders by slowly tapering her dose of the antidepressant Paxil. The gradual withdrawal was supposed to prevent unpleasant symptoms that can result from stopping antidepressants cold turkey. But it didn’t work
“I felt so sick that I couldn’t get off my couch,” O’Brien said. “I couldn’t stop crying.”
Overwhelmed by nausea and uncontrollable crying, she felt she had no choice but to start taking the pills again. More than a year later the Michigan woman still takes Paxil, and expects to be on it for the rest of her life.â€?
Taking Antidepressants is not an option for many patients because it means putting up with side-effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, suicidal thoughts and even psychosis. For women who want to have children it’s a risky choice; scientists have provided proof of withdrawal in newborns whose mothers were taking antidepressants, and some of these drugs (like Paxil) have been linked to birth defects.
In Europe it is officially recognized that these drugs have addictive qualities and withdrawing from them can give side effects and withdrawal symptoms. In December 2004 Britain’s drug regulatory agency issued a report that warned that all antidepressants “may be associated with withdrawal” and noted that Paxil and Effexor “seem to be associated with a greater frequency of withdrawal reactions.”
In addition, the American Academy Of Family Physicians report of a recent study that showed 20% of all patients who try to quit their antidepressants experience withdrawal. Or as they call it â€œAntidepressant Discontinuation Syndromeâ€?. 20% seems to be a very conservative number considering that others are reporting withdrawal figures from antidepressants to be as high as 78%.
In this news story on antidepressant withdrawal by NBC news in Grand Rapids, MI it is stated that:
â€œA number of patients have reported extreme reactions to discontinuing the drugs. Two of the best-selling antidepressants have led to so many complaints that some doctors avoid prescribing them altogether.â€?
Personally, that seems like the smartest choice for doctors to make â€“ Just stop prescribing these drugs altogether.
The smartest choice for patients would similarly be to never start taking these drugs in the first place. After all: Psychiatry has publicly stated that they don’t really know what these drugs are doing to your brain. Studies show side effects from these drugs can be life threatening like suicide and psychosis. Then when you decide you can’t handle all the side effects you find you’re addicted and can’t stop taking them.
That’s just my common sense view of these drugs. After all, didn’t they teach us in school to: â€œJust Say Noâ€?.