10% of Americans are taking antidepressants

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31 million USA Citizens have been shoving pills down their throats in order to alleviate the feelings of sadness that have become paramount in our society. Worldwide the figures are less staggering, primarily due to less diagnosis of the issue in conjunction with a ban on TV advertisements for pharmaceuticals. TV advertisement of drugs has led the USA to the point where an American enters into their doctor with a request for a particular type of medication. European and other world nation nationals have not been so eager to eat up Celexa, Luvox, Prozac in greater quantities as have the Americans.

The use of antidepressants in this manner contributes to the coffers of pharmaceutical firms in The USA to the tune of almost $10bn per annum. For all of the eating pills like M&M’s though it seems that the bulk of those doing so, might as well be eating M&M’s. Sugar pill placebos have been found to be exactly as useful in combating the symptoms of depression as antidepressant pills. That is according to a new landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

It is the American mentality of turning to meds without dealing with their own behaviour first that has led to this epidemic of pill popping, according to the study. Changes in lives need to be made before doctors medicate ‘unhappiness’ according to one of the key authors of the report. Maryland medical doctor Ronald Dworkin said, ‘If you are beating your nose with a hammer, do you stop hitting yourself, or do you continue, and take a pain pill?

There is evidence too that the results of many studies that outline how antidepressant tablets do not work have been swept under the carpet so to speak. There is no difference in many cases between a small and a large dose of such anti-depressant medications. Less than 50% of people who take even multiple types of antidepressant medications ever become symptom free. And even those who do manage to achieve results often slip back into a depressive state.

All this and one would wonder, what is the point? The user must deal with insomnia, nausea just two examples of the negative side effects attributed in many cases to the taking of such medications. Diarrhea and sweatiness also abound for many amongst the 31 million users. There is the problem of withdrawal in addition. Popping a pill will not help sort out the factors in life which lead to happiness, the intangible things like life, love, and family that bring about our ultimate satisfaction.

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