Mental PreparednessSubmitted by paul4won on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 09:18
I have ranted and raved about mental illness drugs like a crazy woman... lol! I have a very serious concern that I am just going to share with you folks. Mr. Lawson discusses the impending confusion, and I suspect he is quite correct. There is an aspect of this that I have never seen discussed, I hope you all will consider all the implications and do what you can.
The ssri's cause people to change the way they think. In this society where we are bombarded with more information than we can effectively process, the relief from thinking feels good. That is why the drugs "work." Ask people who are HAPPY with their therapy to describe how it helps them. They will use a positive spin, but essentially they will tell you the same thing as people like me: These drugs make the mind numb. Depression goes away because you don't care enough about anything to be depressed. During the brief period when I thought the drugs were "working" for me, the cat I had for 10 years got sick. I decided to let it die, didn't want to bother going to the vet. I know you don't know me, but that is NOT me. (My husband saved the cat, and eventually me.)
When the economy tanks, one of the first things people do is cut expenses. Drugs for mood disorders will seem a good place to cut corners to a lot of people, and therein lies an impending disaster. The only thing nastier than being on these drugs and having a bad reaction is coming off these drugs and having a bad reaction. They are so hard to withdraw from that that you are supposed to shave a tiny piece of your pill, increasing the portion by nearly microscopic amounts, over the course of a year. How many suddenly poor people will do that? How many will even know they ought to? What is possible when you drop these meds suddenly? Please feel free to do your own research, but I will summarize my findings: People become psychotic, suicidal and homicidal behavior is common during a sudden withdrawal from the drugs.
Satistical information on how widespread the use of these drugs are:
Thursday, December 2, 2004
"Adult use of antidepressants almost tripled between 1988-1994 and
1999-2000. Ten percent of women 18 and older and 4 percent of men now
If you have family members on them, and you intend to shelter with them, you may want to be sure they understand all of this NOW.