My case against anti-depressants
I simply don’t trust big pharma – not anymore.
I am against the over-prescribing of anti-depressants – not anti-depressants as a category.
Over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that the anti-depressant issue is no different than the ‘Valium’ or the ‘Opiate Pain Killers’. It’s all about profit.
I can speak about this because I was on anti-depressants for over 12 years. I constantly built up resistance to them, then it was taper down – taper up – change prescriptions and be miserable when you do. I felt like I was on a roller-coaster for much of the time.
But, I was not diagnosed correctly until age 62 with Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome. When I was treated correctly, I realized that my compulsions were subsiding and along with it, anxiety and depression.
I still have issues, but I deal with them differently when I strive each day for balance. I don’t need anti-depressants. I’m not convinced I ever did. I needed treatment for what was actually happening to me. I don’t think I’m the only one who has experienced this scenario.
Of course, some people do need them, but not to the extent they are currently being prescribed as a “cure-all.” When 1 in 4 women in this country are on mental health medications, I believe that smacks of mind control or population control, and that can’t be good. In addition, we all know one-size does not fit-all. Right?
Here are a few other bothersome experiences …
1. The thing most people don’t realize is that withdrawal from anti-depressants feels the same as withdrawal from heroin. It’s an ugly withdrawal, yet we’re told by our doctors that they’re are not addictive. That’s a lie.
2. When I became homeless and with no insurance, I could only afford one week’s worth of pills at a time and so was going through withdrawals every week until I could get my prescription filled. It was a horrible, roller coaster way to live when already living under such dire circumstances.
3. Fast forward a few years… Oregon Health Plan doesn’t allow mail order prescriptions, so, during the heavy snow last winter, I was snowed in and couldn’t get to the store to get my prescriptions filled so I simply went through the withdrawals and stopped all together. I don’t recommend this, for obvious reasons, but it’s what happened to me and it was both the end and a new beginning for me.
Now, I’m glad I did. It took me six months to feel half-way normal and now after over one year I’m still too weepy for my comfort but healing and doing much better. I have no intention of seeking out a new prescription.
I only seek to open minds. The severity of the implications of long-term use of anti-depressants must be discussed. I too, resisted the information for a long time, but no more. I’m intent on exposing Big Pharma for the very dangerous entity that they are.
In the past, we’ve allowed big pharma to successfully endanger multiple generations of humans on this planet with the use of Valium (highly addictive), then pushing anti-depressants (highly addictive), then they started pushing opiate based pain medication (highly addictive).
Our rivers and streams are full of anti-depressants that get there through our sewer systems so that animals drink the water (humans drink the water our our taps in our homes) and the anti-depressants are then transmitted to humans who are not even prescribed but they’re taking them.
I don’t claim to be a doctor. I claim to be a person who survived decades of being incorrectly diagnosed by the medical community and their ‘recovery’ system that 97% of people who enter are not able to complete successfully.
It is my opinion, and I will not back down from it, that the pharmaceutical companies (who we ALL KNOW pay just as much for their votes in our government as the NRA, Insurance or the Banking industries) are the biggest crooks around. No, this is not irresponsible. This is my story. And, I will tell it.
It’s been my observation that too often people have revered doctors as demi-gods who have the final word, when they are in fact humans who make mistakes. This is an inherent danger in prescribing medicine – your doctor is limited by their own knowledge. That’s why smart people get second or third opinions.
The final word should come from a patient who has made themselves informed of all the facts rather than the word of one person in their life. It’s each individual’s responsibility to sort through the information and come to their own conclusion.
People need facts and opinions to make up their own mind about how they want to proceed rather than blindly following doctors being wined and dined by pharmaceutical reps.
I made my decision after almost 15 years of trying to sort through it. It wasn’t made over night. Ignorance is not bliss. But, it can destroy lives. That’s why I write.