I know a number of people who are taking antidepressants currently, &/or have done so in the past. Some of these folks are very near & dear to me indeed!
I didn’t set out to do a blog posting about these drugs, not at all. I’m kind of a strange character, & blog postings often come to me as words or phrases. That last posting, ‘Half Throttle’ just kind of jumped out at me. Once I got ready to post it, I thought maybe I’d better add a posting with some information on antidepressants, since I’m quite skeptical about these drugs, & know there is quite a bit of material available on the topic.
This first link will take you to an essay written by Angela Bischoff, whose beloved husband of 17 years committed suicide in 2004 while on an antidepressant. This motivated Angela to become very knowledgeable, & her essay is definitely one well worth checking out. At the end of the essay are a number of links so you can pursue the topic further.
Another useful link is this one, which will take you to a site where you can download Angela’s “Depression Expression” tabloid (scroll down; it’s on the right-hand side).
I can testify to the usefulness of this “20-page tabloid published in 2006 [that] explores critical issues around antidepressant use: why it is so common, what the dangers are, and what are the alternatives.”
When I learned of it, I had multiple copies sent to me & distributed them around to some people I thought might like to see it. One very good friend has since told me she went off her antidepressant after learning more about the drugs’ risks.
As always, all I can do here is provide information, folks. What readers do with it is entirely up to them!
p.s. No question about it, readers. Life here on Planet Earth at this time is a very, very challenging assignment. Perhaps some of us can indeed only cope with the help of an antidepressant; I can’t say for sure! I just feel we all have a right to know that their use can be a double-edged sword… (& it seems our doctors & the pharmaceutical industry cannot be counted on to tell us the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth when it comes to the possible side effects of their products).
p.p.s. The work of Joanna Macy can be very helpful to us as individuals as we grapple with despair. The blog post here tells you quite a bit about her ideas, & I recommend it because it can help you understand why so many of us get so caught up & so lost inside our own personal pathologies. We are not weird in this, or unusual; we are very much not alone…
'Quote of the day' with this post: “It is good to realize that falling apart is not such a bad thing. Indeed, it is as essential to evolutionary and psychological transformation as the cracking of outgrown shells.” - Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal