You are so ignorant. I had severe depression with suicidal ideation and after two years of taking ssris, I am much more stable. Use of mood stabilizing medication does follow a protocol, and I tell you this as a medical student who is nearing completion of her degree. First a clinical hx must be taken, then a depression score is needed using a quiz which assesses all the major and minor symptoms of depression, and a good clinician utilizes the mini mental state exam to assess the patients current state. This is the minimum where I train. Perhaps doctors in our area are handing them out as candy, but not where I live.
I am a testament to the fact that these medications work. Contrary to misinformed belief depression is not something that one can snap out of. It is a state of anergy, anhedonia, and low mood that interferes with social functioning. It's a state that I wouldn't wish on anyone.
I lost many years of happiness to depression. I only wish I went on ssris before.
Have a look at the percentage of people who take Prozacand commit suicide to those who don't and compare this to the fact that ten to fifteen percent of people with depression will commit suicide. Stats are meant to be analyzed in context.
Your stance on ssris is misinformed. I ask you to reconsider or at least post opposing arguments/information. Do some research and read some scientific articles rather than sensationalist headlines. Your stance may be causing more harm than good.
I have posted many opposing arguments and I will post yours and my answer to you. First you claim I am ignorant and misinformed, but your sole proof of that is YOUR personal experience! Really? You are about to finish medical school and you believe one person's personal experience trumps everything else? Sorry, but you should have been taught the fallacy of that in pre-med.
As for my ignorant view, tell you what, please read the books and study the articles I have and then tell me if my view is out of ignorance:
The Anti-Depressant Fact Book Author: Dr. Peter R. Breggin
Your Drug May Be Your Problem; How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications Author: Dr. Peter R. Breggin and David Cohen, Ph.D.
Manufacturing Victims Author: Dr. Tana Dineen
Let Them Eat Prozac; The Unhealthy Relationship between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression Author: David Healy
America Fooled; The Truth About Antidepressants, Antipsychotics and How We've Been Deceived Author: Dr. Timothy Scott
Pharmacracy, Medicine and Politics in America Author: Thomas Stephen Szasz
Blame the Brain The Truth about Drugs and Mental Health Author: Elliot S. Valenstein, Ph.D.
Psychology Debunked Revealing The Overcoming Life Author: Lisa and Ryan Bazler
Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs; A Guide for Informed Consent Author: Grace E. Jackson, M.D.
Medication Madness Author: Dr. Peter R. Breggin
That isn't a complete list but a good start. If you refuse to read all of them then at least read the last one called Medication Madness, in fact after reading the book I urge you to contract the author, maybe you can straighten him out with your personal experience.
One last question, you claim an ssri is given following a protocol, okay, but it isn't a medical protocol is it? If you say yes it is, then tell me what tests were done on you before you were given an ssri? Blood test? Urine test? No, a clinical history and obtaining a depression score from a subjective test given to the patient!! Would you as a soon to be doctor prescribe insulin to a patient based on a clinical history and the answers on a questionnaire? Boy I hope not, unless that clinical history included a couple blood tests!
Just a little known fact for you, did you know that every one of the school shooters from the 80's and 90's were on these drugs? Strange don't you think? Or am I just being ignorant for seeing a correlation there, after all your personal experience debunks those facts?
I am happy these drugs worked for you, but surprising most drug companies have to do multiple studies to get two that show the drugs are more effective than placebos. So if your doctor had given you a placebo you might very well have had the same personal experience you have had with the ssri! Back to rule number one, never take as proof of any treatment's true affectiveness the personal experience of the individual patient, unless backed up by true medical tests!!
I hope you will read at least one of those resources I provided for you, in the end you may totally disagree with them but you will at least have more information at your disposal on the subject.
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