Kristen Stewart speaking out against mental health drugs, is quoted as saying “… especially in America, teens are overprescribed and overmedicated. It seems, in many cases, like a lazy catchall solution to dealing with young people’s inherent emotional volatility.”
Not only young people, but individuals of every age are being prescribed mental health drugs, when, in fact, the diagnoses they are given are not based upon science. With no medical test to evidence the existence of depression, bipolar, or any of the mental health disorders, prescribers are getting away with prescribing and billing and the result is a tremendous rise in use of prescription drugs. These drugs carry warnings such as psychosis, mania, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, violence, and homicidal thoughts, among many others, including the fact that many of them are highly addictive.
Scientific American, tells us that “Antidepressant use among Americans is skyrocketing. Adults in the U.S. consumed four times more antidepressants in the late 2000s than they did in the early 1990s. As the third most frequently taken medication in the U.S., researchers estimate that 8 to 10 percent of the population is taking an antidepressant.”
A real-life story of a famous and successful man is but one of millions of stories and has led to more public awareness of the harms of the mental health drugs and the lack of science behind the diagnosing and prescribing. Luke Montagu, an education and media entrepreneur , was prescribed antidepressants at the age of 19, when he was not depressed and had never had the diagnosis of depression. He was a college student who had just had sinus surgery that resulted in him having headaches and not feeling quite himself. A doctor put him on Prozac and from there he was put on a number of drugs for a number of diagnoses. One pill that made him feel wired and another to counteract and get him to sleep. When he checked himself into a medical facility to try to come off of the drugs, he was tapered off too fast and went through a “tidal wave of horrific symptoms”. The FDA makes clear, in their warnings, that these drugs are highly addictive and Montagu’s real-life story communicates just that. He has formed a group called the Council For Evidence-Based Psychiatry, because what he learned through his own experience is the following:
“Psychiatry is a corrupt and dishonest business: it treats so-called illnesses that don’t exist with drugs that don’t cure and can cause great harm. And once you have been harmed, it then diagnoses further illness and prescribes yet more drugs. I know they can help some people in the short term, but they’re just psychoactive like alcohol or cocaine – they can make you feel better initially, but over the long term they cause dependence and destroy your physical and mental health.”
CEP’s mission is “ To reduce psychiatric harm by communicating the latest evidence to policymakers and practitioners, by sharing the testimony of those who have been harmed, and by supporting research into areas where evidence is lacking.”
Sources: Scientific Americanhttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-rise-of-all-purpose-antidepressants/
Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry