posted on Oct, 10 2013 @ 09:10 PM
I'd just like to throw my two (or three) cents in.
From the little bit of research I've done on SSRI's, I do not think that they, nor their effects, are understood well enough to warrant the mass
prescribing that, at least at one time, seemed to be taking place. Originally, they were supposed to be combined with other therapy, and not just
handed out as a sole treatment.
Many years ago, they changed my friends SSRI (to Luvox...more on this in a moment) and he had about a three month supply of Zoloft left. I thought
that I had been dealing with minor depression, for a while, so (and I know this is a big no-no) I started to take it, unsupervised. After three weeks,
I weened myself off of it, noting that it was of no help, at all. In fact, it made me feel as if the 'external' world was even more 'external',
and that my actions had little consequence in it. It was a very scary feeling (at least looking back on it), almost sociopathic, of which I've never
been prior, nor since. It felt like 'you' did not matter, as only 'I' was 'real'. It is hard to explain, but needless to say, I quit and decided
to deal with my depression in other ways (exercise, meditation, and journal keeping, to find the patterns).
My friend, on the other hand, was seeing a therapist. They were changing/adjusting/tweaking his prescriptions weekly, it seemed, and it was making my
friend into a nutcase. They finally found a right mix, but prior to that, when they switched him to Luvox, he had the good sense to call me, telling
me to not come visit him because he was sitting in his apartment, alone, with a gun, and thought that 'they' were out to get him, and he was going
to kill them if they tried. He didn't want to accidentally confuse me for one of them, so he told me to stay away until after his next therapy visit,
where they could readjust/change his meds. So is the strangeness of these drugs; he was cognitive enough to know that he was delusional, but it did
nothing to stop it. Needless to say, I stayed away, he got better, and nothing bad happened, thank God. But, I can't help but think this is not
always the case. I think that there should be much more care and study when playing with such a delicate mechanism as our brains. If we don't
completely understand the function of brain chemistry, and how it works, it seems foolhardy to experiment on such a wide scale.
At the very least, stop prescribing them to children, whose brains and bodies are still developing. This seems like a no brainer...and that is even
before all the possible evidence that, in some cases, it may have horrific consequence on many. I wonder how many may never actually kill, but still
have many internal issues? And, when and if, they bring those issues to a doctors attention, are just switched to something else, until they stop
trying to ask for help?
When they realized someone was tampering with Tylenol, they pulled it from the shelves. When we thought we were being attacked by terrorists during
9/11, they drafted the Patriot Act, taking away many of your freedoms. They impose tighter gun control, and such, in answer to the many
school/public/mass shootings. Does it not seem a bit strange, that no matter how many people it may be helping, if there is even a remote chance that
in a few instances, some folks go off their rocker and cause huge amounts of damage and pain that could have been prevented from taking a more
responsible and ethical approach, that just maybe we should revise our method of distributing these chemicals for wide consumption. I know that the
big Pharma has got to turn a buck, but at what cost? It should definitely be investigated further, IMHO.