Originally posted by captainplanet
I think we should be a little more critical of a billion dollar industry with strong political ties than we would a online conspiracy community.
By what, trying to find out what the ulterior motive is? They want to make money, and they do it by treating medical conditions through biology and
chemistry. That's not a difficult answer. If you want to believe that the entire medical industry is conspiring to take over people's minds, they
probably have some medication to help with that.
Perhaps you shouldn’t assume I know nothing of depression. I have proven to myself you can overcome it and create ups and downs where only downs
used to remain. I have been surrounded by depressed people my whole life and they all have problems they ignore, can’t pinpoint, or can‘t cope
with. So yes, I stand by that chemical imbalances are a result of the depression, not the other way around. Depression is a result of a problem,
obvious and immediate or not.
I never said that depression wasn't the result of a problem. But, what that problem is varies in each situation. You've proven to yourself that
*you* can overcome it without medication. If that's the case, I'd say you probably don't need anti-depressants. But, you aren't everyone else.
I know people who've struggled with depression both on and off medication, with mixed results. What does that prove? That people are different.
I truly mean no offense to anyone here, but in my experiences people are much more prone to idiocy on medication than they are without.
My experiences suggest otherwise. Idiots are idiots, and don't need medication to make them that way. That's not to say that different medication
to treat mental disorders, including anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-psychotics, etc., can't alter one's mood or personality. But just
about everything, natural or otherwise, can have unintended side-effects.
Then maybe you should leave it alone and leave it to people with more experience with the down sides of it. You sound like someone using them
cautiously to fix yourself and you have never known or heard of the great amounts of people who think their only problem is a chemical imbalance. I
don’t make things up for debate, I put them out there for debate. Just because I don’t have a PHD or take medication doesn’t make me completely
ignorant on the subject. I went through years of hell to figure out how to fix myself and I’ve helped people on medication or drugs realize the
Congratulations. I've never told people that they should take anti-depressants. I've said that anti-depressants aren't evil and aren't mind
control, but they are drugs best taken with the guidance of properly trained personnel. Take from that what you will.
If you can prove to me chemical imbalances are not a product of depression and that you can‘t cure it otherwise, I will move on from this topic.
There have been posts regarding legitimate health issues as well. If you present no scientific proof then you can’t complain about a logic and
experience based argument.
In most cases, fixing the imbalances fixes the depression. I'd say depression is a result of the imbalances. What causes the imbalances in the
first place? The potential list is pretty long.
Once again, my problem is not it’s existence, it is the mismanagement. The fact that it leads to us being unnaturally satisfied with our world
instead of allowing it to grow with us. It wont induce thoughts, just behavior through your satisfaction.
The mismanagement of prescription medications is one problem. But, that mismanagement does not make all prescription drugs worthless/suspect by
default, especially when a great many people benefit from them. Besides, you're using a computer to communicate. What's natural about that?