Did you know that the theory of
"chemical imbalance" and its relationship to emotions and behavior
is just that, a theory? No proof exists that a person feeling
depressed, angry or anxious has any chemical imbalance. No
blood test or urine test can be used to detect this supposed
imbalance. An MRI, CT Scan or x-ray cannot measure
anxiety or depression.
These emotions do obviously
exist. They are normal human emotions. So when we see
advertising that suggests we may have "Major Depressive Disorder",
"General Anxiety Disorder", or "Attention Deficit Disorder" we may
wonder whether this is so. These commercials show
normal-looking people, even famous people who have these
"disorders". The ads also tell us how "millions of Americans"
suffer from these diseases. So why not you or I? On one
hand the drug companies will tell us how millions of us need their
mood and behavior altering drugs. On the other hand their
labeling will explain how these drugs are for use with conditions
like "major depressive disorder".
Most people prescribed
antidepressants have what would be termed as mild to moderate
depression. This is a normal human emotion that can often be
"treated" by far less dangerous solutions than drugs, all of which
have extensive side effects. Most antidepressants have been
given a "Black Box Warning", the highest level warning issued by the
Looking at antidepressants from
the medical point of view of risk to benefit ratio it is important
to ask yourself, "How depressed am I?", or "Is my child manifesting
a 'disorder' or simply being a child?" For a clear look
at this take a look at these Fox News interviews with of Dr. Peter
Breggin, a medical doctor and expert in the area of antidepressants
and other psycho-active drugs.
Fox News Interview with Dr. Breggin, Part 1
Fox News Interview with Dr. Breggin, Part 2
Fox News Interview with Dr. Breggin, Part 3
List of antidepressants and other mood and behavior drugs
Below is a small list of places
where you can get more information about antidepressants and other
mood and behavior altering drugs.
Medical doctor and psychiatrist
Dr. Peter Breggin has written numerous books explaining the actual
effects of antidepressants other other psychiatric medications.
He has also recently testified before a congressional hearing about
the effects of antidepressants on our military and the possible
relationship between these drugs and the escalating rate of suicide
among members of the armed forces.
Anxiety mood and Behavior