Increasingly, the ineffectiveness and risks from antidepressants are being reported in the media and scientific literature. Yet in 2007, antidepressants were the most prescribed class of drugs in the US with 232.7 million prescriptions; and fourth in revenue with $11.9 billion (IMS Health, 2007 U.S. Sales and Prescription Information). Read the following article and look up the given links before making a decision to use antidepressants. Also be cautious in stopping their use once you’ve started. Abrupt termination can be dangerous as well.
Concern with antidepressant withdrawal or “discontinuation syndrome” seems to be intensifying in the professional literature as more and more evidence accumulates about the risks of taking, and then stopping their use. In addition, both clinicians and patients may incorrectly attribute discontinuation symptoms to a relapse of the underlying psychiatric illness for which the SSRI was prescribed, or to another psychiatric or medical condition.
ADHD may prove someday to be a legitimate disorder with a biological component. Yet the current diagnostic criteria used to diagnose it and justify the use of the array of harmful ADHD medications do not provide a scientific basis for these actions. Perhaps we’d be better off describing ADHD as an imbalance of fire over water like Hippocrates; or mental restlessness and a case of the fidgets as did Sir Alexander Crichton.