reply to post by Hefficide
SSRIs are definitely a major problem. Yes, for many people, they feel they benefit from them, and probably do. The problem is, those who prescribe
them don't really understand the science of the brain or the drug well enough to do so safely (at least, not in anything approaching 100%.) it's not
to say doctors are stupid - the problem is, NOBODY knows exactly how it all works, or exactly how they will affect each person, or what types of
therapy may be necessary alongside the mind-altering drugs they are prescribing.
SSRIs are the "easy fix", and maybe they "do the trick" 95% of the time. Maybe they only lead to aggressive behavior in 1%, suicide in 0.5%, and
murder-suicide in 0.001% (i'm making up numbers here), but the fact is, we KNOW suicidal thoughts or actions are an acknowledged side effect of the
drugs, but we really don't know *why*
That is what bothers me. They help most people who take them, at least in coping with their mental/emotional problems, and that is a good thing. If
most of the people taking them are reporting feeling better with the aid of the meds, then that many lives have been improved, at least from that
standpoint. Is it the best available "fix" - not likely. Prescription drugs rarely are. But are most of those people going to go to, pay for, follow
through, and benefit from therapy or self-help? No, not likely. And so, we find ourselves, as a society, "helping" the depressed by chemically
altering the symptoms of their malady, because it is the best, most efficient method available.
In return, we are going to continue to pay the price. Maybe the drugs, in rare cases, allow individuals to dwell more seriously on their problems. To
magnify their problems in their minds to such a degree that their diminished capacity to "feel" enables their mind to make the leap from depression
to senseless violence.
In all prescription medications, there is a price to pay. Unfortunately, the price paid for what to some is a miracle drug, has been weighed as not
being too high to abandon the perceived benefits they provide to millions. Our healthcare, and mental health system, despite being the world's most
expensive, does not provide enough of a level of monitoring and evaluation to catch those cases where the drug has gone the wrong direction and may
result in tragedy. Scribble a script for one of these fluoride-based SSRIs,transfer money from the insurance pool to the Pharma industry, with a
little kicker for the doctor, and everyone continues to get paid every time the script is refilled. Maybe an occasional quick office visit to keep
the gravy train rolling, but don't really work on the patient - too much time involved hurts the bottom line.
I've rambled some, but that's the gist of my thoughts. Careless drugging of millions of Americans, with an occasional tragedy which is difficult to
solidly pin to the drugs themselves, and rare enough that the outcry over banning such substances would likely outweigh the outcry over a call to ban
assault rifles. I believe the drugs could be beneficial while minimizing the risk of such incidents if our medical system wasn't so hell-bent on
monetary effiiency, and profits at all costs.