There is an obvious growing trend in our society toward taking antidepressant drugs. So it came as a surprise to many supporters when research showed a potential link between taking antidepressant drugs and suicide. For those who openly support the use of antidepressant drugs, they argue that antidepressant drugs are in fact not linked to suicide, but rather the increase in depressed individuals has made the suicide rate increase.
For those who believe that antidepressants do have the potential to cause people to commit suicide, they argue that research can prove their point by showing that there is an obvious increase in suicidal acts when people are taking antidepressants. They also argue that while there are studies that prove that certain drugs reduce the risk of suicide, they are ignoring the fact that the same medication could produce suicidal actions or behaviors in others.
Antidepressant drugs such as Fluoxetine, Fluvoxamine and Paroxetine are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly known as SSRIs. Serotonin is one of your brain’s most important biochemicals; it controls everything from appetite to mood swings. If you’re depressed, compulsively eating or gambling, not sleeping properly or even just moody, you’re probably lacking serotonin.
In Health and Nutrition Secrets, Dr. Russell L. Blaylock writes, “It is also known that these medications increase brain levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which, in high concentrations, can also act as an excitotoxin.” When antidepressant drugs raise serotonin to an excitotoxin level, the brain reacts in ways similar to mental illness. According to Burton Goldberg’s book, ‘Alternative Medicine’, side effects of SSRIs include uncontrollable facial and body tics, dizziness, hallucinations, nausea, sexual dysfunction, addiction, electric-shock-like sensations in the brain and, of course, homicidal or suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Unfortunately, the doctors prescribing these SSRIs often forget that you can have too much of a good thing — that is, too much serotonin — so they prescribe SSRIs to just about everyone.
The experts speak out on antidepressant drugs and suicide:
”A lawsuit contends the manufacturer of the popular anti-depressant Paroxetine concealed evidence that the drug can be addictive. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 35 people from around US who say they suffered symptoms ranging from electrical shocks to suicidal thoughts after discontinuing use of the drug. Paxil is the second largest selling anti-depressant in America. In June of 2001, a jury in Wyoming awarded $8 million in damages to a family of a man after determining that Paroxetine caused him to kill his wife, daughter, and granddaughter before he committed suicide.”
”Fluoxetine and similar antidepressant drugs, such as Paroxetine and Sertraline, have seen a significant increase in use over the last decade. Joseph Glen-mullen, Ph.D., author of Prozac Backlash, considers this trend both dangerous and reckless, pointing out that anti-depressants can have severe side effects. These include uncontrollable facial and body tics (which can be signs of severe neurological damage), hallucinations, dizziness, nausea, anxiety, withdrawal symptoms, sexual dysfunction, and electric shock-like sensations in the brain. Dr. Glen-mullen cautions that a small percentage of people can become homicidal, suicidal, or both as a result of Fluoxetine use.”
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