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Now I will agree that there are a certain number of individuals on this planet who suffer from depression as a chemical imbalance.
Originally posted by dankanight13
I know how life was as a depressed teen.
They know that there is a way the world is supposed to be, and a magnificent role for themselves in that more beautiful world. Broken to the lesser lives we offer them, they react with hostility, rage, cynicism, depression, escapism, or self-destruction—all the defining qualities of modern adolescence. Then we blame them for not bringing these qualities under control, and when they finally have given up their idealism we call them mature. Having given up their idealism, they can get on with the business of survival: practicality and security, comfort and safety, which is what we are left with in the absence of purpose. So we suggest they major in something practical, stay out of trouble, don't take risks, build a résumé. We think we are practical and wise in the ways of the world. Really we are just broken and afraid. We are afraid on their behalf, and, less nobly, we are afraid of what their idealism shows us: the plunder and betrayal of our own youthful possibilities.
Not only does school prepare us to submit to the trivialized, demeaning, dull, and unfulfilling jobs that dominate our economy to the present time, not only does it prepare us to be modern producers, it equally prepares us to be modern consumers. Consider Gatto's description:
Schools train individuals to respond as a mass. Boys and girls are drilled in being bored, frightened, envious, emotionally needy, generally incomplete. A successful mass production economy requires such a clientele. A small business, small farm economy like that of the Amish requires individual competence, thoughtfulness, compassion, and universal participation; our own requires a managed mass of leveled, spiritless, anxious, familyless, friendless, godless, and obedient people who believe the difference between "Cheers" and "Seinfeld" is worth arguing about.
Originally posted by starviego
Originally posted by dankanight13
I know how life was as a depressed teen.
Seriously, the idea that it is normal for a person to be on long-term medication for an everyday human condition is basically and fundamentally counter-intuitive. The scary thing is, most of the population is too far gone even to realize that.
They Need More Sleep Adolescent sleep has been a very popular subject lately. People are questioning the fact that it may be true that their teenage sons and daughters may need more sleep than they did as a child, that they are not turning into lazy, sleepy young adults by choice. Sometime in late puberty, the body secretes the sleep-related hormone melatonin at a different time than it normally does. This changes the circadian rhythms that guide a person's sleep-wake cycle. For instance, if you told your teen to go to bed at 10 p.m., she may end up staring at the ceiling until 1 or 2 a.m. waiting to fall asleep. At about 7:30 p.m. a teen feels wide awake and fully alert, unlike an adult who is starting to "wind down" and feel sleepier as the evening progresses so that at 10 p.m. the adult is ready to go to bed. The teen-agers "wind down" time takes place much later. Changes Are Taking Place Studies show that the changes taking place in their bodies requires more sleep and they may be physically challenged to getting up early in the morning. Their internal biological clock may slow down in adolescence. That can account for not their being sleepy until 2 a.m. To think that their child, who once awoke at the crack of dawn and was eager to watch cartoons even on Saturday mornings has now by choice, turned into a lazy, sleepy, young adult who wouldn't wake up in the morning if a bomb went off in the next room, is trying to undermine their authority in some way.
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
For those who are clinically depressed...antidepressants are a Godsend, and if a clinically depressed teen goes a round of antidepressants...under tight medical control, and their lives improve corespondingly...then that's a good thing.
Thank God for the BBC! Their reporting has produced enough public pressure to result in hearings which have lead to action being taking against the SSRI antidepressants. "This followed a BBC Panorama programme last autumn that highlighted claims that the drug [Paxil] has pushed some people into suicide and caused others withdrawal problems, provoking the biggest response in the programme's history with 67,000 calls and 1,400 e-mails". "But the ban announced this week by the MHRA on prescribing Seroxat to under-18-year-olds is the first official acknowledgement that the SSRIs do increase suicidal thoughts and impulses, at least in the young. "The outcome of the inquiry could be of momentous significance. Like many new drugs, the SSRIs are following a familiar trajectory: soaring popularity on launch as they are hailed as a wonder drug, followed by the emergence of doubts about safety leading to plummeting prescribing." But obviously this reporter remains totally unaware of the serious problems associated with the mechanism of the SSRIs. When you understand the problems behind the SSRI hypothesis it becomes clear that these are among the most deadly drugs the world has ever seen and should NEVER be reserved for anyone for any reason. They are in the same class as '___' and PCP. As I have continued to state for a decade and a half now what is low in depression, anxiety, etc., is low serotonin metabolism, not low serotonin. There is a very big difference in the two! The SSRIs impair serotonin metabolism even further leading to the deadly results we have witnessed with these drugs - results that according to research we will witness for years to come as we work to wean patients off these extremely addictive drugs and assess the extent of the damage. Research over the past 60 years has been clear that impairing serotonin metabolism leads to: psychosis or schizophrenia, mood disorders, organic brain disease, mental retardation, autism, impulsive murder and suicide, Alzheimer's, depression, anxiety, violence, arson, substance abuse, insomnia, violent nightmares, impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment, reckless driving, exhibitionism, hostility, argumentative behavior, etc. We have a high rate of use of these drugs. Clearly lowering the metabolism of serotonin in such a large number of people can produce very serious, widespread and long term problems for all of society. I have spent 14 long years attempting to wake up the world to the potential deadly impact of the use of these drugs, hopefully this is the beginning of the end. Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director, International Coalition For Drug Awareness www.drugawareness.org author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare (800-280-0730)
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors do exactly that: Inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, thus leaving excess serotonin which allows this stimulation to continue. It has long been known that inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin will produce depression, suicide, violence, psychosis, mania, cravings for alcohol and other drugs, reckless driving, etc. [See full list of reactions below] The most popular drugs that produce this reuptake of serotonin are: SSRI Antidepressants: Prozac, Serafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro SNRI Antidepressants: Effexor, Remeron, Serzone, Cymbalta Atypical Antipsychotics: Zyprexa, Geodon, Abilify, Seroquel, Risperdal