Isn't it ironic that an anti-depressant killed someone?
On the surface, yes, but then if you know the science behind them you might get angry.
Serotonin, an important chemical produced in the brain, is considered essential for relaxation, concentration, sleep and calmness. Its lack or suppression can lead to severe mental disturbances and even violent behavior. To make serotonin the body requires adequate levels of magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B-6, nutrients which the USDA says American diets are severely deficient in, but which medical doctors rarely run tests for -- even when they prescribe medications which affect serotonin levels (which includes "anti-depressants," and which is often!).
There are about 200,000 deaths a year because of prescription (legal) drugs, including the homicides and suicides from "serotonin re-uptake inhibiters" and other so-called anti-depressives (in contrast to about 20,000 deaths a year in the U.S. because of illegal drugs).
Most American medical doctors have taken no more than 5 hours of nutrition classes in medical school if any at all, but they are subjected to dozens and dozens of presentations by pharmaceutical company representatives on patent medications every year. So it should be no wonder why more and more people look elsewhere for advice on real nutrition.
No. They sometimes have devastationg effects on some people even in small doses. Most of them require a weaning-on period. Sometimes they throw you into a severe agitated state which I can only describe as a preview of hell.
Some depressed people cannot tolerate anti-depressants. Sometimes if you have anxiety or comorbidity, a transquillizer works better. Take care of the anxiety and the depression lifts because you are able to get out and do more things comfortably.
I will never take another drug without doing extensive research on the anxiety/panic/depression newsgroups to see the various reactions people have towards them.
We have a tendency to trust doctors which is fine (to a point) with psyiological drugs but can be deadly when dealing with brain chemistry altering drugs.
People going on anti-depressants should be watched carefully for increased anxiety/agitation/tremors/behavorial changes. If you have a negative reaction, it sometimes takes quite a while to resolve. A lot of people cannot articulate what they are feeling. Outwardly they seem better because they seem to have more energy and "sound" better but inwardly they are in terrible danger.
Some people can almost effortlessly go on to anti-depressants and when get the chemicals built up with positive transformative effects. For others it is a recipe for disaster. I would imagine it is even worse for younger people who are more volatile anyway and don't know what to expect and trust their doctors because things like antibiotics work in such a life-saving manner. It is not the same with psychological meds.
They used to put you in the hospital and monitor your reactions, blood pressure etc. Now they write you a script and send you out the door and tell you to come back in a month or so. In the meantime, anything can happen.
Yes it is.