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#1 GiaK

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 06:17 AM

Ten Myths about Depression and Psycho-Pharmacology

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From David Healy MDs article: Psychiatry Gone Astray

 

Ten Myths about Depression and Psycho-Pharmacology:

 

Myth 1: Your disease is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain

 

Myth 2: It’s no problem to stop treatment with antidepressants

 

Myth 3: Psychotropic Drugs for Mental Illness are like Insulin for Diabetes

 

Myth 4: Psychotropic drugs reduce the number of chronically ill patients

 

Myth 5: Happy pills do not cause suicide in children and adolescents

 

Myth 6: Happy pills have no side effects

 

Myth 7: Happy pills are not addictive

 

Myth 8: The prevalence of depression has increased a lot

 

Myth 9: The main problem is not overtreatment, but undertreatment

 

Myth 10: Antipsychotics prevent brain damage

 

Read the explanation of each myth at David Healy MDs website: Psychiatry Gone Astray

 

More info from Beyond Meds: Chemical imbalance myth and biopsychiatry links – has a collection of links that speak particularly to the idea that mental illness is NOT best explained via a chemical imbalance in the brain

 

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 10:24 AM

Excellent! Everyone should read this.


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 09:27 AM

This would be good to have on hand in case you run into a "regular" doctor or psychiatrist who wants to prescribe you an antidepressant "yesterday."  Just like some people need to have a medic alert bracelet, folks like us need to have this on hand.

 

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:24 PM

This would be good to have on hand in case you run into a "regular" doctor or psychiatrist who wants to prescribe you an antidepressant "yesterday."  Just like some people need to have a medic alert bracelet, folks like us need to have this on hand.

 

CS

 

this actually just happened to me last wk.. it may have been a good idea to have all this on hand ...really they were suggesting I take an Ad for pain control... yet again... it was not they my own doctor would never fall into that pit with me he knows the fire that burns down there it was a poor resident I hope I did not traumatize her ... she left the room then I left the room when I came back she was there with my reg doc... so guess she got her nerve back... she is too in dept not to.. I suppose.  

I must say I was disappointed in myself.. and this one is not idea as it is not dealing with antidepressants for pain control.  She had asked me if being in pain and unable to do even what I could before the accident had affected my mood and/or relationships... I said yes... 

So I guess they are teaching her the magic answer too all of these things pain mood and relationship issues ... antidepressants. 

I have to figure out how to handle this better but it always comes when I need some help ... when I am not thinking well due to trying to keep in mind what I want to say as my memory so sucks.. and upset empties my head... 

 

I am betting folks recover from accidents that disrupt their lives are given antidepressants all the time now.  Heck it happened to me way back in 89/90 just for pain forget the other issues... I know this is happening enough to warrant an good response something science related would be good since we would be giving it to doctors if anyone knows of something like this that already exists please give me a link. 


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Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 12:13 PM

Ten Myths about Depression and Psycho-Pharmacology

myths.gif?w=150&h=111

From David Healy MDs article: Psychiatry Gone Astray

 

Ten Myths about Depression and Psycho-Pharmacology:

 

Myth 1: Your disease is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain

 

Myth 2: It’s no problem to stop treatment with antidepressants

 

Myth 3: Psychotropic Drugs for Mental Illness are like Insulin for Diabetes

 

Myth 4: Psychotropic drugs reduce the number of chronically ill patients

 

Myth 5: Happy pills do not cause suicide in children and adolescents

 

Myth 6: Happy pills have no side effects

 

Myth 7: Happy pills are not addictive

 

Myth 8: The prevalence of depression has increased a lot

 

Myth 9: The main problem is not overtreatment, but undertreatment

 

Myth 10: Antipsychotics prevent brain damage

 

Read the explanation of each myth at David Healy MDs website: Psychiatry Gone Astray

 

More info from Beyond Meds: Chemical imbalance myth and biopsychiatry links – has a collection of links that speak particularly to the idea that mental illness is NOT best explained via a chemical imbalance in the brain

 

and

 

original post http://wp.me/p5nnb-amV

 

 

Excellent compendium... glad to see all these addressed in one location.


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