Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Study Finds That 2/3 Of People On Anti-Depressants Are Not Clinically Depressed

New Study Finds That 2/3 Of People On Anti-Depressants Are Not Clinically Depressed

corAccording to a new study, doctors are dishing out anti-depressant drugs to pretty much anyone, and most of the patients don’t even meet the official criteria for clinical depression, which is likely a fabricated disorder to begin with.
The study, which can be found in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, says that 69% of people who were prescribed anti-depressants did not actually exhibit the signs that doctors are supposed to look for when treating clinical depression.
According to the study:
Using data from the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area (ECA) Study Wave 1 (1981) through Wave 4 (2004–2005) (N = 1,071), we assessed lifetime prevalence of common mood and anxiety disorders according to DSM-III and DSM-III-R criteria, based on 4 interviews, among participants who reported current antidepressant use. Furthermore, we examined factors associated with current antidepressant use.
Thirteen percent of participants at Wave 4 reported currently using antidepressant medications. Among antidepressant users, 69% never met criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD); and 38% never met criteria for MDD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, or generalized anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Female gender, Caucasian ethnicity, recent or current physical problems (eg, loss of bladder control, hypertension, and back pain), and recent mental health facility visits were associated with antidepressant use in addition to mental disorders.

Many individuals who are prescribed and use antidepressant medications may not have met criteria for mental disorders. Our data indicate that antidepressants are commonly used in the absence of clear evidence-based indications.
The most over prescribed, unnecessary and problematic drugs on the market today are antidepressants, ADHD medication and opiate-based painkillers. Clinical depression and attention deficit disorder are both fabricated conditions that were made up by the pharmaceutical industry to create a new market where they could push more of their dangerous and ineffective drugs. The medications that are currently on the market for these conditions have extremely harsh side effects and very low rates of success, yet they are still over prescribed by thousands of doctors.
People are depressed because they live in a society where injustice and exploitation run rampant, not because they are “sick and need medication“. This medication is even known to make people feel more depressed and in extreme cases even lead to suicide or violent outbursts. Clinical ADHD is also a myth, children are supposed to be hyperactive, playful and disorderly, this is no “sickness”. The drug companies wish to create a culture where everyone can be labeled with some kind of sickness that will require them to be on maintenance medication. On an even deeper level, the establishment promotes these drugs because it makes the population easier to maintain, especially if they are drugged from an early age.

John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.
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