Antidepressants: Risks and Benefits

Over 42 million Americans take antidepressants for depression, panic attacks, ADHD, sleep disorders and smoking cessation.

Some of the common antidepressants are:

  • Celexa
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Cymbalta
  • Effexor
  • Wellbutrin
  • Zyban

All of these drugs have adverse side effects.

The boxed warning for Lexapro states…

The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric. Although a causal link between the emergence of such symptoms and either the worsening of depression and/or the emergence of suicidal impulses has not been established, there is concern that such symptoms may represent precursors to emerging suicidality. [1]

One of the above symptoms, akathisia is...

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"The Myth of The Chemical Imbalance of the Brain Theory"

In 1965, in a paper published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the NIMH’s Joseph Schildkraut put forward a chemical imbalance theory of affective disorders.                                                                                                                                  

It was he said, ‘at best a reductionistic...

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