According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of the U.S. population has used a prescription drug within the past month. Among those Americans, the third most commonly-used medications are antidepressants.effect
Now, we’ve been using antidepressants since the 50s. The truth is, though, we still don’t know the full scope of their effect.
When I say ‘we’ I mean we the general public.
You see, according to a number of doctors, psychotropic drug manufacturers do have a pretty extensive understanding of how their products affect the mind. They simply choose to limit the amount of information they release.
Why? Because that information reveals some pretty terrifying truths.
Researchers from Denmark uncovered one such frightening fact – antidepressants double the risk of suicide and violence in those who take them.
According to the study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), this is true of the two most commonly-prescribed antidepressant classes out there – SSRIs and SNRIs. These classes include drugs like:
It’s a totally reasonable question. I mean, antidepressants are supposed to help people who are already at an alarmingly high risk of suicide. How could these supposedly beneficial drugs make things so much worse?
Well, it’s called the paradoxical effect.
In her book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora, Dr. Ann Blake Tracy outlines how this effect works.
Animal studies demonstrate that in the initial administration Prozac actually causes the brain to shut down its own production of serotonin, thereby causing a paradoxical effect or opposite effect on the level of serotonin.
This leads to the patient experiencing a roller coaster of emotions, which in turn makes them more suicidal and prone to violence.
Antidepressants are not the only drugs that produce a paradoxical effect. This is why so many medications (just think of those infomercials) have a list of side effects that contradict their very purpose.
How To Treat Depression Without Medication
Firstly, if you are taking an antidepressant and have noticed a paradoxical effect, do not abruptly stop. This can actually make things much worse; you need to connect with your doctor or psychologist for guidance as to the proper ‘comedown’ procedure.
In the meantime, have a look at these 10 natural depression treatment methods. They’ll help as you cope with the paradoxical effect and try to deal with depression without medications.