ACCORDING to reports, antidepressant drug usage is up again.
Prescription rates have gone up, so have the reasons given for the increase in the drug use.
In fact, the reasons for people feeling low can be many and varied. People do experience problems and upsets in life that may result in mental troubles, sometimes very serious. But to represent that these troubles can only be alleviated with dangerous drugs is both dishonest and harmful.
As with any kind of drug treatment, informed consent is something that does not get the attention or importance it deserves. When it comes to antidepressants, being fully informed about the drugs and their adverse reactions would very likely result in their usage declining.
Being fully informed about antidepressants would include knowing the drugs have been linked to effects such as, but not limited to, higher heart disease, stroke risk, internal bleeding, birth defects, as well as the alarming and paradoxical effects that include violence and aggression, suicidal thoughts and suicidal behaviour.
The drugs have also been linked to senseless acts of violence at school shootings in both the United States and Europe.
Being fully informed would also include knowing that a psychiatric theory for feeling low, a so-called "chemical imbalance of the brain", is unproven opinion; it is not scientific fact. …