Disturbing New Research on Psych Drugs
An increasing number of researchers are finding fault with psychiatric drugs in one form or another. Keep up the pressure by contacting your local, state and federal officials about the dangers of psychiatric fraud and abuse. Here are some examples.
Bias in Antidepressant Studies
Investigators at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, found that trials which the FDA deemed positive were five times more likely to be published compared with trials deemed not positive. In other words, there is less evidence to support the effectiveness of antidepressants than what appears from the published studies. [March 25, 2015 JAMA Psychiatry]
This means that the published studies reporting on the effectiveness of antidepressants are overestimating the benefits and underestimating the harm of antidepressants.
Other researchers commenting on these results note that antidepressants are not very useful at all.
High-Dose Antidepressants Increase Risk of Self-Harm
In this study [April 28, 2015 JAMA Internal Medicine] children and young adults who are started on higher doses of antidepressants than are typically prescribed are at least twice as likely to engage in acts of deliberate self-harm. Of course, they don’t have a clue why this occurs.
Antidepressants Linked to First-Time Seizures
Antidepressants have now been linked to an increased risk for first-time seizures. Of course, they already knew that an overdose of antidepressants is associated with an increased risk of seizures. Now they are admitting that, among patients who have never had seizures previously, the use of therapeutic doses (i.e. not overdoses) of antidepressants can trigger the onset of seizures. [23rd Congress, European Psychiatric Association]
Patient Expectations Dictate Antidepressant Response
People’s expectations about how effective their antidepressant is going to be almost entirely predicts their response to it. This means that there is almost no difference between the effect of an antidepressant and a placebo. [September 11, 2014, British Journal of Psychiatry]
There is also a much higher relapse rate in those using psychiatric drugs than those who do not.
Good, compassionate, non-psychiatric care is more significant for well-being than any psychiatric drug. So there is really no reason at all for using them; and because of the potential for greatly harmful side effects, there is no reason to continue their use.
Fully informed consent is your defense against the scourge of psychiatric drugs.