SSRI Medication

In my opinion, in relation to anti-depression or anti-psychotic medication, otherwise known as SSRI drugs. The drug manufacturers, via the Governments and the Doctors who participate, are happily feeding the public little better than poison.

Around 10% - 15% of people perscribed this type of medication report effective relief of their major symptoms. But, I believe a considerable percentage of that result would have also been achieved with a placibo. Most Drug Company SSRI testing seem to indicate only a slight statistical improvement over a placibo.


Have the Drug Companies via the Doctors, managed to convince Governments that mass medication of the public ultimately saves money on Police, Courts, and Jails? From what I see. That seems to be the case in Australia.

I also believe that Drug Companys and Doctors have a vested interest in maintaining the constant stream of patients with 'side effects' caused by these SSRI drugs.

Some SSRI Side Effects

Side effects with SSRI drugs seem to depend on the individual and the drug itself. But it is rare for a patient to report no side effects at all from SSRI medication.

After spending some time with various people who have been perscribed SSRI medication. These are the side effects most complained about:

* moderate/severe weight gain.
* lower sex drive/inability to climax.
* dry mouth/stomache reflux.
* suicidal thoughts.
* slows down or stops a persons imagination.
* no concience at all when taken with alcohol.

SSRI as Antipsychotic

People who obtain a positive result to a psychotic disorder would consider the side effects to be an acceptable solution. I would agree that being able to stop psychotic thoughts outweigh the side effects.

SSRI as Antidepressant

However, In my opinion, people who are diagnosed 'depressed' no not need the added burden of trying to live with the above list of side effects impacting on their daily lives futher.

The "Suicidal Thoughts" side effect is particularly disturbing.

How can we allow a medication that we know has a side effect of suicidal thoughts to be perscribed to those amongst us who are most likely to attempt suicide?

They are then mostly 'left to deal with it alone' as the suicidal thoughts hit in the first week or so. In my opinion. This isn't medicine.

SSRI Syndrome: Tardive Dyskinesia

Also.. The known long term complication of using these SSRI medications is to aquire a syndrome called 'Tardive dyskinesia'. This syndrome can only be aquired by taking neuroleptic or SSRI medications.

Quote "Tardive dyskinesia is characterized by repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements, such as grimacing, tongue protrusion, lip smacking, puckering and pursing of the lips, and rapid eye blinking. Rapid movements of the extremities may also occur. Impaired movements of the fingers may also appear. For comparison, patients with Parkinson's disease have difficulty moving, while patients with tardive dyskinesia have difficulty not moving."

Quote "Primary prevention of tardive dyskinesia is achieved by using the lowest effective dose of a neuroleptic for the shortest time. If tardive dyskinesia is diagnosed, the causative drug should be discontinued. Tardive dyskinesia may persist after withdrawal of the drug for months, years or even permanently."

Quote "Several studies have indicated that long-term neuroleptic use is associated with both cognitive deterioration and atrophy of the brain."

See: Wikipedia


I think. The Corporations, The Governments, and the Drug Companies run the risk of holding back technology and innovation not to mention destroying millions of peoples lives and families because they seek to keep everyone quietly asleep and well fleeced.

Thing is.. If someone as ill-educated as myself can figure this out. Then the cat is well out of the bag..

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