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An Up-Pill Battle: Rethinking Antidepressants

Next up in our analysis of pharma (aka harma) industry skulduggery is a review of researchers’ conclusions following their examination of 70 studies involving five antidepressants. The commonly prescribed inhibitors are used to treat a variety of so-called “mental disorders,” and especially the dubious “generalized anxiety disorder.” The Quackery estimates that 40 million are afflicted and, of course, need chemicals to counter it.

In reality, anxiety is a manufactured cultural byproduct of our time. Sure, some people experience real trauma in life. That’s life. It’s part of the human condition. One of the identifiers of anxiety are phobias, as if that’s supposed to be a big deal. Symptoms include:

  • restlessness
  • a sense of dread
  • feeling constantly “on edge”
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irritability

A Personal Perspective

I have a real fear of heights and literally panic and experience vertigo near cliffs or when attempting to jump into water from low levels. It’s sort of ironic because in high school I was a star pole vaulter, an active trampoliner and had some interest in piloting planes. But that all changed in college, when I learned a “Beavis and Butthead” life lesson.

Under the influence of alcohol, I was fourth out of five mates to jump off of Seattle’s Montlake Bridge. It’s a 58-foot drop from the top of the rail down to the water. I was so fearless, I didn’t even hesitate. I was the only one injured, because I failed to tuck my left arm in tight.

I went off the bridge rail here, just offshore. I had to be dragged out (at the 34 graffiti) because of the sloped embankment. Even looking at this photo 45 years later gives me a visceral reaction.

Then, two years later, I was in a serious car accident. It was a major chain-reaction car-truck smashup on the Interstate 5 at night in rain. There were fatalities. I walked away with scratches from broken glass, a charlie horsed left thigh, and a hairline fracture from jamming my index finger. The impact was so powerful, it bent the steering wheel column. It was probably my youth, my overall body strength and just sheer luck that prevented broken bones or a spinal injury. The pileup was a horrifying scene of 15 vehicles and their passengers. My car was completely totaled and the passenger door sheared off, and I’m still amazed I walked away relatively unscathed. By the way, this latest scam they are running about “survivor guilt” is nonsense in my experience.

These two experiences extinguished my prior youthful fearlessness and resulted in what The Quackery would diagnosis as “phobias.”

My driving phobia centers around both wet and night conditions, similar to my accident. I sometimes refuse to drive on highways with poor visibility and rain and to such a point that some people might consider me strange or stubborn.

Subsequently, I’ve been a passenger in automobiles several times when the driving was going was too fast in rain. On one occasion, I was adamant about slowing down and was yelling at the top of my lungs. On one occasion, when ignored, I told the driver to “pull the fuck over and let me out!” before he finally slowed down. Inappropriate panic attack for no reason? Obviously, this is in the eye of the beholder. Some might think so, but I think not. It’s a survival instinct. Who cares about the niceties. I’m certainly not going to pop pills for it. How many people are dead now for being passive about what they instinctively knew was dangerous?

Only hardcore totally asleep pajama people can skirt around this. These are adjustments, and I think fear, anxiety and phobias relate to primeval survival instincts and social Darwinism. In fact, given the reality of the world we live in, if you are not experiencing these symptoms from time to time or to varying degrees —  then perhaps your spirit and instincts are not engaged or functioning, or you are living in cartoon world. I’m convinced the kakistocracy wants your cognitive and survival abilities curtailed.

I’ve never taken antidepressants, so I have little experience with them except as a bystander. My ex-wife ended up on a roller coaster with them, as she had side effects — what she called feeling “too numb” and “dull” —  then would go off of them and would be subject to the spring push back described below. Readers who have or do use them can comment on it.

So let’s consider another of my phobias — let’s call it “fear of Quack Harma” — and look at anti-depressants, and specifically the anti-anxiety “treatments” duloxetine, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline and venlafaxine, which were reviewed in studies of 18,526 patients.There are no long term studies on these neurotoxins.

We covered another neurotoxin for anxiety and pain in Saturday’s post: “The Latest Abuse from the Harma Industry: Benzos.”

Dulling the Senses

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 11% of Americans over the age of 12 are taking an antidepressant.

Most antidepressants are designed to alter mechanisms regulating serotonin, an evolutionary ancient biochemical found throughout the brain and the rest of the body. In the brain, serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a chemical that controls the firing of neurons, which are those brain cells that regulate how we think, feel, and behave. In fact all Harma psychotropics problematically act and alter brain neurotransmitters in some manner.

Antidepressants change the balance of serotonin in the brain, increasing the concentration outside of neurons. With long-term antidepressant use, the brain pushes back against these drugs and eventually restores the balance of serotonin outside of the neuron with a number of compensatory changes.

The push back of the brain increases over months of antidepressant treatment, and depressive symptoms commonly return, frequently resulting in full-blown relapse. Often, this compels practitioners to increase the dose or switch the patient to a more powerful drug.

Another effect of the brain pushing back against antidepressants is that the push back can cause a relapse when you stop taking the drug. This push-back effect is analogous to the action of a spring. When you stop taking the drug — like taking your hand off of a spring (coil) in a  compressed position — there’s a sudden surge in the symptoms of depression.

Antidepressants could kill neurons by causing structural damage of the sort often found in Parkinson’s disease. This neurological damage might explain why some people taking antidepressant medication can develop Parkinson’s disease symptoms and tardive dyskinesia, which is characterized by involuntary and repetitive body movements.

As if our society needs more of this, the neuron-killing effects of antidepressants can be expected to have negative effects on cognition. Recent research on older women also indicates that prolonged antidepressant use is associated with a 70% increase in the risk of mild cognitive impairment and an increase in the risk of dementia.

Researchers looked specifically at more serious outcomes from these drugs, including reports of deaths, suicides, suicidal thinking or suicide attempts, aggression, and a type of extreme restlessness called akathisia. The video at the end shows the impact of akathisia on people. The study was published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal (BMJ) on an open-access basis, so it can be read for free online.

They found an overall increased risk of aggressive behavior, which was almost doubled in people taking the drugs compared to people taking placebo (odds ratio [OR] 1.93, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.26 to 2.95).

Looking separately at results for those under the age of 18, they found that children and adolescents did have increased risks of suicide, at 3 in 100 for those taking antidepressants, compared to 1 in 100 on placebo (OR 2.39, 95% CI 1.31 to 4.33). Similar results occurred for aggression, at just under 4 in 100 for those on antidepressants, compared to 1 in 100 on placebo (OR 2.79, 95% CI 1.62 to 4.81).

Winter Watch Takeaway

Is “I am God” scientism and chemicals really going to beat nature and human evolution? Of course not.

I swear we are not turning into a vitamin store, but here are some natural mood enhancers and stabilizers, and some reasonable advice:

  • Limit alcohol. It’s a depressant and, naturally, has been linked to feelings of depression.
  • Avoid hard drugs.
  • Be phobic and judgmental toward riffraff, and stay clear. All about da’ love is BS.
  • If you feel guilty or depressed about something you are doing- trust the reaction.
  • Other medications can have counter indications causing depression.
  • We are genetically wired to respond well to the outdoors and greenery.
  • Avoid MSM news, soul sucking filth and lugenpresse propaganda. Much of this is deliberate trauma based psyop designed to create neurosis in the population. Read Winter Watch to learn to process and recognize trauma based hoaxes and deceptions.
  • Vitamin B5 supports the adrenal glands, which reduces stress and anxiety levels.
  • Vitamin B9, also known as folate or folic acid, and vitamin B12 are important for balancing out depressive moods.
  • St. John’s wort, or SAMe, can help stabilize moodiness.
  • Also consider Omega-3 fatty acids, saffron, 5-HTP, DHEA — Serotonin.
  • Sleep aid: Valerian herb and hops extract in pill form. Do not use with Harma sedatives, anti-depressants and alcohol. If you are a quasi-teetotaler, this one will give maximum effect.
  • Recognize and give consideration to the idea that your phobias and fears may be natural and protective.
  • They don’t call it chill out mix for nothing.

4 Comments on An Up-Pill Battle: Rethinking Antidepressants

  1. This inspires a landslide of ideas and feelings. For one, despite epic failure on numerous fronts, I am so grateful my Dad taught me that I didn’t want “a monkey on [my] back.” He used to harangue all within earshot – when he got on topic – that once big Pharma hooks you on something, you are stuck for life. He knew what he was talking about. As I’ve shared a little with you backstage, he was basically framed in WWII through a false diagnosis resulting in him becoming the VA’s guinea pig. Used to be – probably still is – that one judged to be mentally ill loses their rights. A spouse can easily procure an annulment for instance. Family can swoop in and take it all away. Perhaps that explains the penchant for doling out prescriptions which technically could deprive persons of their rights through a “history of mental illness.”j

    So glad we live in Mexico. The MSM has caricatured this fantastic people beyond limit, but they are such a delight to know. They laugh out loud that in the US they would all be declared bipolar. They are proud to have fiestas where they’ll laugh, quarrel, weep and make up all in one night. It’s such a healthy environment because unlike the US they have not been brainwashed into shame about normal and necessary human emotion as you have so well described.

    It used to be that people mastered the arts for reasons of solace and catharsis. Now that everyone buys music instead of playing it (another aspect of my crazy family – who did have some good points – is that they would gather around the piano and sing together) people have lost a power of expression. Playing some apropos recording of someone else playing music is not a substitute for mastering an instrument or learning how to sing. Or theater. Who reads plays anymore? Yet Aristotle, in his poetics treatise, prescribes well-written plays as necessary catharsis.

    The arts are my pharma.

    • A very moving and personal post – got me storming..As to the golden age of anxiety, there is what I call “the great church of the accidental” – no doubt straight-up Frankfurt school issue – that God is some impotent fretful force wringing his hands, urging humanity to please take care of themselves, abandoned here as we are. The core thrust of materialism view is that if you can’t see it then it doesn’t exist. The cabal themselves hardly see things this way what with their pet Lucifer. JudeoChristian teaching (remember that Hell is a Judaic concept long before a gringo one) is relegated to superstition yet half California is paying some self-proclaimed shaman to assist them in talking with the dead. Talk about remedy, prayer and faith are necessary armor for this wretched assignment in a world system controlled by the pedophocracy. Let them read their own literature who control the banks. They’ve received fair warning.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Russ. We are about the same age… I ran into a bit of an “anxiety” issue about 5 months back – mentioning just that word to my primary MD won me a brand new prescription of Xanex !

    The bottle sits open but unused (30 of 30) to this day in my home!

    Hang in there – I will attempt to do the same (“Vitamin Store” ha ha! – but I will consider some of your suggestions)

    … and I think of all my 19 Century heroes who led their lives without so much as an Aspirin – Carlyle lived much of his life in agony due to digestive complaints but still managed to write a shelf-load of books.

    Regards

    RegretLeft

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