Whilst many people state that they have got their life back after taking antidepressants – this is not my experience nor that of many others. In fact most research demonstrates that they are no more effective than a placebo – also sweets/candy tastes better. More worryingly, significant proportion of people taking anti-depressants experience devastating side effects whilst starting, changing dose or withdrawing from anti-depressants.
The issue here is informed consent, people are making choices about whether to take a mind-altering substance when they are in an extremely vulnerable state, but they are not being given the facts. This I believe is because the psychiatric/pharmaceutical thugs are in denial!
The writers of this blog have direct experience of these issues, as someone affected by antidepressant use and someone who has supported and seen first hand the devestating affects these drugs can have. Also one of the contributors worked in mental health field for 10 years. She has given this up to pursue a life of gardening and less stressful ways to spend her days!
It is not our aim to say that antidepressant drugs should be banned. It is to argue that people are being let down by the medical/pharmaceutical industry because they are not being warned/given information about side effects
This links to allotments because you can give me a spade and a load of muck to shovel any day over an anti-depressant. Gardening has become the medication of choice!
I urge people not to reach for the magic pill so easily
Excellent sites to read more about this issue include
My story about why I started taking antidepressants and why I came to realise that they were causing me more harm than good can be found on this blog. I also explain why I decided to reject the notion that I had an ‘illness’ that needed to be medicated.
Entry into the mental health system – how I came to a point where I needed help from the mental health system and why I first started to take anti-depressants
Induction into mental health system – My first experience of help from the mental health system and how my condition deteriorated as I continued to take anti-depressants.
Sabbatical and re-entry into the mental health system – My time away from psychiatry and the things that I tried to improve my quality of life. How and why things went wrong for me and how a severe withdrawal reaction from antidepressants saw me propelled back into the mental health system.
Explosion back into the mental health system – How quickly I became acutely psychotic and manic when withdrawing from my antidepressant – Effexor.
Hotel for the mentalists – describing the lead up to being sectioned and hospitalised. How slow, difficult and dangerous this was for all concerned.
Prone Position – Mental health unit induction – my first couple of days in the unit. Induction into staff violence.