Sunday, November 17, 2019

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  • I’m not necessarily questioning what you write but trying to say that we also can’t prove that antidepressants haven’t helped many, and perhaps prevented violent acts. I’m not speaking to the particulars of this author’s story but in general. Of course people who suffer depression are not known for violence, but perhaps a tiny fraction would commit violent acts were it not for the drugs. No way to ever know and millions of people suffer from depression and each case is unique. And I never said all depressed people are the same and sadly general medicine also follows a “one-size-fits-all” rule for the most part. An antibiotic, which might save a person from a deadly infection, may be toxic to another person–and I know this personally. I am no fan of how psychiatry is practiced in Western Medicine. For the most part psychiatrists try to “diagnose a person” based on a few minutes of discussion and then prescribe a pill with the hopes it might help. Almost never do they look at the entire body, as if the brain were disconnected from the rest of a person. Sometimes viral or bacterial infections trigger psychosis, depression and other disorders and when treated the mental issues disappear. But with rare exception psychiatrists never look at that. It would be like a GI doctor assuming someone has Crohn’s without a single diagnostic test.

  • Heartbreaking piece to read. And while I agree there is plenty of room to question the links between antidepressants and violent acts, I can’t help but play devil’s advocate. There is a reason people are prescribed these medications, even if they are over-prescribed and other medical issues aren’t first ruled out to explain a person’s condition. That said, there is no way to prove how many people would have committed acts of violence were they NOT on an antidepressant. I know too many people who were unable to function until they were prescribed the right antidepressant and then they became functional.