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Unlocking the Mind’s Secret Vault

The Astonishing Truth About Antidepressants!

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Feeling a bit down in the dumps? Here take this antidepressant.

Got a touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Anxiety making you jittery? Wrestling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Fending off panic attacks like an amateur superhero? Practicing the fine art of agoraphobia? Giving bulimia a whirl? Is your child wetting the bed?

No problem! Take this antidepressant.

What might happen when you take these little happiness pills for an extended period? 

Brace yourself for the ultimate plot twist: Er, um, well, long term you might become more depressed than you are now.  But don’t worry, we have a pill for that too.

Depression is a mental state where enthusiasm for life takes an extended vacation. More than 280 million people worldwide wake up every morning to face this quirky predicament – that’s about 3.5% of Earth’s population. 

Unlocking the Mind’s Secret Vault

But hey, let’s not dwell on numbers – they’re depressing.

Books, articles and research studies have been written on the subject of depression, so here i am throwing in my two pence worth in a brief paper.

My mission today: to pass on an element of caution against your doctor’s buffet of happy pills, served under a “choose your own circumstance” salad bar.

So, while they hand out these mood-altering pills like they’re jelly beans, remember that they’re as appropriate as wearing a swimsuit to a snowball fight. 

Those wrestling with depression are like brave warriors, grappling with invisible monsters that only they can see. 

It’s like trying to play hide-and-seek with your own shadow – exhausting and utterly baffling.

Mental health issues don’t discriminate. They’re equal-opportunity party crashers, When you’re struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, nothing you have going for you feels valid or real. 

Life can sometimes be a puzzle, but it’s much harder when their own brain is fighting against them as well.  It may be easier to solve a Rubik’s Cube in the dark.

People with depression are hurting inside and what they’re struggling from we may never discover.  They’re fighting an uphill battle and the pain is often too heavy to carry any longer. Having a brain that’s in full rebellion mode is a constant struggle.

Their fight never seems to end, so reach out to them. Show up for them. Stop the stigma.

If you’ve got friends or family with depression what they need is for you to give them a rib cracking bear hug, not a lame-ass squeeze.

People with depression only think of the failures they’ve experienced. They only hear the voices that remind them of their shame and negative thoughts.

But let’s face it, switching off the mental assault isn’t as easy as hitting the mute button on a conference call. 

It can be extremely hard to treat mental illnesses. Meds for depression barely beat the placebo and therapy can drag on for years with little – if any – sign of relief.

The cure can be worse than the condition.

Sometimes it feels as if you’re building a sandcastle during high tide – nice effort, but the waves aren’t cooperating.

And as if life wasn’t throwing enough curveballs, along came the COVID-19 pandemic with its plot twist of the century. In the USA, depression rates tripled during the first 18 months of this chaos.

Was a 3 x factor real or did the definition of depression change? Don’t forget the cure earns the medical profession more money than any prevention. 

What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You writes: 

“Treating depression with antidepressants has been a medical failure—and that’s because psychology has completely misunderstood what ‘mental’ health problems are“.

Depression, Anxiety and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) are not illnesses; they are natural responses to adversity as suggested in a recent paper by the fact that one in five people in war-torn countries are depressed compared with just one in 14 in countries not in conflict.

“Treating depression with a drug is like medicating for a broken bone without resetting the bone first”, said Kristen Syme from Washington State University, one of the paper’s authors. 

“The pain is not the disease. The pain is the function that is telling you there is a problem. Depression, anxiety and PTSD often involve a threat or exposure to real progress in treating so-called mental  health problems won’t be made until psychiatry changes its approach, and stops classifying them by their symptoms. Instead, they should be viewed according to their probable causes and that they help the sufferer become aware that he  or she needs help, and especially in their immediate environment.”

You Can Be Happy Without Your Pills

A Danish study found that people who live near green spaces and forests are healthier and live longer. 

The Japanese call this practice “shinrin-yoku” (forest bathing). And if you want to improve your overall feeling of wellbeing, do what the Japanese do – they go into the forest to lose their mind….and find their soul.

Books on Forest Bathing   

Possibly Helpful Links

I’ve added several links to useful articles because depression and mental illness are fires that are being stoked by the medical profession. For those with mental illness in the family, good information is valuable to protect from the side effects of modern medicine.

DeadlyMedicines: Suicides and homicides caused by antidepressants

HuffPost: The Real Causes Of Depression Have Been Discovered, And They’re Not What You Think

TheConversation: With teen mental health deteriorating over five years

BBC – Antidepressants: I wasn’t told about the side effects

You Can Never Be Happy Again…Without Your Pills

ANHinternational:  Depression – More Than A Gut Feeling

CureJoy: Depression and Nutrient Deficiencies

Dr Keith Scott-Mumby 

In his book ‘Psychiatry Without Drugs’ he writes:

This is the biggest and most powerful book I have written so far. It fills an important role, which is to stop psychiatrists from getting away with murder. Yes, murder! Often multiple murders, in fact… 

You know, those mass shootings at a school or concert.

What is well-documented, but NEVER talked about by TV news anchors and mainstream journalists, is that these violent outbursts are always some luckless psychiatric patient, who is doped up on their stupid meds.

Aggression is one of the best-known side-effects of SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors).
psychiatric drugsIn fact, an early FDA reviewer suggested that drugs of this class, such as Prozac, were dangerous and could cause murderous violence. But he was overruled and the drugs are given clearance anyway. I wonder why? (just being ironic, please don’t write and tell me why!)

Fact: At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs violence resulting in 169 wounded and 79 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming nor refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).

Fact: Between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,773 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects including: 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 3,287 cases of mania & 8,219 cases of aggression. Note: The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring is most certainly higher.

Dr Mumby also wrote this on the lost generation of those with conditions like ASD, ADHD, ADD and bipolar disorder 

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As we touch on the complexities of the human mind, may our collective understanding continue to grow, fostering empathy, compassion and effective care. The journey of unraveling the mysteries within us is ongoing; together, we can bring light to the shadows that often dwell in the realm of mental health. Take care and nurture both your mental well-being and those of others.

Graeme Dinnen

ResourcesForLife.net

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