Antidepressants:  Drugs, Not Medication

On April 7, John Read, PhD, a psychologist at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, published a short article on Mad in America.  The title is:  Largest Survey of Antidepressants Finds High Rates of Adverse Emotional and Interpersonal Effects.  The article presents the results of a survey conducted in New Zealand and published online in February, 2014 in Psychiatry Research.  The survey involved 1,827 individuals who were taking antidepressants.  Dr. Read is widely published.  

Here are some quotes from the MIA article:

“Eight of the 20 adverse effects studied were reported by over half the participants; most frequently Sexual Difficulties (62%) and Feeling Emotionally Numb (60%).”

Note that more than half (60%) of respondents reported feeling “emotionally numb” as a result of taking antidepressants.  In a clinical trial, these people would probably be counted as treatment successes!

“Percentages for other effects included: Feeling Not Like Myself – 52%, Agitation 47%, Reduction In Positive Feelings – 42%, Caring Less About Others – 39%, Suicidality – 39%, and Feeling Aggressive – 28%.   If one had to imagine a combination of feelings most likely to increase the chances of a tragedy involving the loss of multiple lives it would be hard to do better than emotional numbing, agitation, aggression, suicidality and caring less about others.”

“It is worth mentioning that even a group of people who had accepted a biological treatment for their difficulties and had (mostly) found it helpful, did not unquestioningly swallow the ‘chemical imbalance’ theory of depression (and everything else) espoused by biological psychiatry and the drug industry.  The most strongly endorsed causes were:  Family stress (90.8% ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’), Relationship problems (89.9%), Loss of loved one (87.5%), Financial problems (86.9%), Isolation (86.3%),  and Abuse or neglect in childhood (85.4%), with Chemical imbalance (84.8%) coming in 7th, Heredity 12th, and Disorder of the brain 13th.”

“Finally, we gave participants ten possible reasons that prescription rates of antidepressants are so high (in 2013 the number of prescriptions in England – 53 million – surpassed the total population – 52.6 million). Among the more commonly endorsed  explanations were:  ‘Drug companies have successfully marketed their drugs’ (61%), ‘Drug companies have successfully promoted a medical illness view of depression’ (57%),  ‘GPs don’t have enough time to talk with patients’ (59%), and ‘Other types of treatments are not funded or are too expensive’ (56%). The least endorsed explanation for high prescribing rates was ‘Anti-depressants are the best treatment‘ (20%).”

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The reality is that depression is not an illness, and antidepressants are not medication.  They are drugs that provide a transient feeling of well-being, or at least a feeling of numbness or “something different”.  They in no way address the root causes of depression, which are what they always have been:  the sad things that happen to us in our lives and/or a joyless, unfulfilling, treadmill-type of existence.

And it has long been my contention that in their “hearts”, both the psychiatrists and the recipients of these drugs know this.  The psychiatrists know that they are drug pushers, and the “patients” know that what they are getting is “a fix.”  And so the dance goes on.  The psychiatrists continue the pretense that they are real doctors; the “patients” settle for the fix; the APA invents the diagnoses; the psychopharma business booms; and the damage accumulates.

Psychiatry is not something good that needs some minor corrections.  Rather, it is something so fundamentally flawed and rotten as to be beyond redemption or compromise.  The blatant falsehood, that depression is an illness, has not only destroyed individuals, but eats at our personal and cultural resilience like a cancer.  It is time to put this lie to rest.  Please, if you’re not already doing so, speak out against this insult to human integrity and decency.

  • Jeanne Smith

    Thanks.

  • Zoe

    It’s like ‘treating’ people who are insecure with alcohol, to gain their confidence. It does the trick, but the hangover and regrets the next morning outweigh the benefits, and the problem isn’t solved. Which is why many people become dependent on alcohol.

  • all too easy

    “The reality is that depression is not an illness, and antidepressants are not medication. They are drugs that provide a transient feeling of well-being, or at least a feeling of numbness or “something different”. They in no way address the root causes of depression, which are what they always have been: the sad things that happen to us in our lives and/or a joyless, unfulfilling, treadmill-type of existence.”

    Unfortunately, false statements like these influence others desperately in need of antidepressants to turn away from enjoying proven, safe medical help. How many terribly sick people bought these lies and ended their lives? Their blood is on the hands of those who make such ridiculous claims without any evidentiary foundation. That is what is at stake here. This ain’t a picnic on some sweet Sunday afternoon.

  • all too easy

    “And it has long been my contention that in their “hearts”, both the psychiatrists and the recipients of these drugs know this. The psychiatrists know that they are drug pushers, and the “patients” know that what they are getting is “a fix.” And so the dance goes on. The psychiatrists continue the pretense that they are real doctors; the “patients” settle for the fix; the APA invents the diagnoses; the psychopharma business booms; and the damage accumulates.”

    The damage includes “turning on a switch” chemically, that gives a person the opportunity to live. I think the antis, deep down, resent the joy ADHDers experience when suddenly they can do what they couldn’t have dreamed of ever doing just 5 minutes before. It is practically miraculous. The antis never see wonderful outcomes like those. They are jealous of the medical doctors who can prescribe meds that do so much good for disabled boobs. They are bitter because their chosen specialty is ignored and they have little or no “practice”.

    These non-doctors do the following to become practicing physicians/psychiatrists

    Undergraduate education: Four years at a college or university to earn a BS or BA degree, usually with a strong emphasis on basic sciences, such as biology, chemistry, and physics (some students may enter medical school with other areas of emphasis).

    Medical school (undergraduate medical education): Four years of education at one of the U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Four years at one of the LCME-accredited U.S. medical schools, consisting of preclinical and clinical parts. After completing medical school, students earn their doctor of medicine degrees (MDs), although they must complete additional training before practicing on their own as a physician. (Note: Some physicians receive a doctor of osteopathic medicine [DO.page degree from a college of osteopathic medicine.)

    Residency program (graduate medical education): Through a national matching program, newly graduated MDs enter into a residency program that is three to seven years or more of professional training under the supervision of senior physician educators. The length of residency training varies depending on the medical specialty chosen: family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics, for example, require 3 years of training; general surgery requires 5 years. (Some refer to the first year of residency as an “internship”; the AMA no longer uses this term.)

    Doctors qualified to diagnose and treat disorders of the brain with medication go through the pretense of passing all these courses and educational requirements. Phil doesn’t pretend. He is not an M.D.

  • Anonymous

    Hickey said: “And it has long been my contention that in their “hearts”, both the
    psychiatrists and the recipients of these drugs know this. The
    psychiatrists know that they are drug pushers, and the “patients” know
    that what they are getting is “a fix.” And so the dance goes on. The
    psychiatrists continue the pretense that they are real doctors”

    I don’t think a blanket statement can be made on this, yes there are psychiatrists and (people who are described by believers as) “patients”, who would agree with your drug-pusher-in-sheep’s-clothing contention, but there are also untold numbers of true believers, true believers who think psychiatrists are real doctors, and these true believers think their thoughts, feelings, beliefs or behaviors are “symptoms” and “illnesses”, they are true believers without a shadow of a doubt in their minds that their strange and unevidenced “illness” interpretation of these facets of life is unassailable.

    One only needs to look at the tragic weeks-long tantrum that this moronic troll has inflicted on this blog when his sensibilities as a true believer in the alleged “ADHD” entity were offended, to see that we are not dealing at all times with people who know “in their hearts” that psychiatry is deeply mistaken.

    Like the true believers of the Westboro Baptist Church, who will sleep soundly after disrupting a funeral, or an ISIS suicide bomber, true believers in psychiatry simply see those who don’t hold the same beliefs as them as infidels to be disrupted, destroyed, denounced. This is why we have a troll coming here disrupting this tiny island of internet real estate, when he has a whole world, of websites, institutions, policies, that reaffirm his psychiatry religion, the mere discovery of a small pocket of unbelievers, has short-circuited him and turned him into a daily, agitated, constant, digital graffiti artist, unable to countenance that anybody would dare think it is absurd that children not paying attention in class is a “disease”.

    The most bizarre element of what little I’ve read in the few times I’ve inadvertently and regrettably placed my open mouth on the flowing pipeline delivering this clown’s textual diarrhea is this utterly bizarre fixation on Fred Baughman, an 83 year old child neurologist who is mostly retired who had some good things to say about the so-called “ADHD” label over the years, someone who hardly ever comes up on my radar, Phil’s radar, this blog’s radar, or the radar of anybody I know, but of course to “all too easy” the troll, he’s one of our “leaders” apparently. Given you’re such a fan of Fred Baughman All too easy, here’s an hour and a half of Fred speaking, still going strong, from just last year, 2014… The video is aptly titled “The ADHD Fraud Exposed”,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DodlSqK70_Y

  • All too easy

    This ain’t no picnic.

  • all too easy

    Strong emphasis on science…

  • Zoe

    Are you aware that antidepressants now come with black-box warning inserts, alerting people to serious risks, including suicidality?

  • Zoe

    Are you aware that antidepressants now come with black-box warning inserts, alerting people to serious risks, including suicidality?

  • Zoe

    Are you aware that antidepressants now come with black-box warning inserts, alerting people to serious risks, including suicidality?

  • Zoe

    Are you aware that antidepressants now come with black-box warning inserts, alerting people to serious risks, including suicidality?

  • Zoe

    Are you aware that antidepressants now come with black-box warning inserts, alerting people to serious risks, including suicidality?

  • A2E

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  • all too easy

    Dear All You Who Obediently Refuse To Read A Single Word I Write, let me just say that I am deeply sorry that the poor boob who has forbidden you from acknowledging my brilliance, has himself succumbed to the very temptation about which he warns. Please accept my humble heartfelt apology.

    My dearest jealous One, please try to exercise more restraint in the future. If you honestly hope to shut down modern medicine, if you honestly suppose you have a real shot at it, you must remember to obey your own rules. Any nazi worth his salt knows this. If you step out of line once more, well you know what happens to traitors.

    EACH YEAR, 15,000 PEOPLE DIE AND 100,000 ARE HOSPITALIZED AS THE RESULT OF ASPIRIN AND OTHER NSAIDS—and these are probably conservative estimates.

    But aspirin may be one of the oldest killer drugs! Strong historical evidence points to aspirin overdose as a major contributor to high death tolls during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

  • all too easy

    Breggin
    is not certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, which is
    the recognized agency for certifying psychiatrists.

  • all way too easy

    Aspirin overdoses exist therefore ADHD is a brain disease.

  • all too boring

    Boring troll is boring

  • all too easy

    Baughman states, “the only way the pharma-psychiatry-government cartel differs for the Cali, Medellin, Tijuana, and opium cartels of the world is that the pharma-psychiatry-government cartel target everyone, from cradle to grave—your parents, and grandparents in their nursing home beds, those truly physically ill, adding their never-essential drugs to essential drugs, compromising real medical and surgical treatment, and infants, toddlers, preschoolers and all they can force or court-order to swallow their brain-altering, brain-damaging, “chemical balancers.”

    Baughman calls the leadership of the psycho-pharm-government cartel (FDA, NIMH, White House New Freedom Commission on Mental Health) the biggest, most evil drug cartel in history. “At least the pusher of ‘crack’ on inner city streets does not come in a white coat,” he says.
    Dear Fred, your wisdom is beyond compare. Your insights are remarkable. Your passion for truth is highly admirable. I think I am falling in love. I am on the verge of becoming a true believer in Baughmanism. I want to support your mission with my entire life. First, do me a favor, you big handsome stud you. Tell us about a cured patient of yours and all you did for her as a neurologist, even as she failed in school and in life with ADHD symptoms. Tell us about one such person you helped, just one, you big hunk, you.
    I long to hear from you. My soul pants for your sweet response.

  • all too easy

    My dearest darling, have you not the words I long to hear, my precious poopsie? You know I can’t wait to see your response. Do not make me wait any longer. Just one person you actually help my beloved and I will be all yours, forever and forever. How I long for you. My world depends upon your swift response. Don’t let me perish, I beg thee, dear love.

  • all too easy

    BTW, let’s get this straight right now. Okay? Okay.

    I ain’t the troll. I am THE TROLL, THE TROLL OF TROLLS OF ALL TIME. I would appreciate very much if you would refer to me and address me properly from now on.

  • all too easy

    “Baughman states, “the only way the pharma-psychiatry-government cartel differs for the Cali, Medellin, Tijuana, and opium cartels of the world is that the pharma-psychiatry-government cartel target everyone, from cradle to grave…” What a mind!
    Well, I feel ajected as my daughter used to say. My True Love doesn’t love me. And I thought he would make such a wonderful companion. Any one who could spot this conspiracy as our hero did, has to be anointed. I suppose he is just too devoted to his higher calling.
    I’ll wash up, you save France.

  • all too easy

    Are you aware of the deaths caused by aspirin? Why don’t you stop giving it out like candy and using it with reckless abandon?

  • all too easy

    Commentary: “Consistent superiority of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors over placebo in reducing depressed mood in patients with major depression”

    Check it out.
    FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY
    Conflict of Interest Statement
    The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.