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Ginger Ross Breggin,Peter Breggin

Talking Back to Prozac

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    Prozac blocks reuptake of serotonin. This causes more serotonin to remain in the synapse for a longer time.
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    It is time for opposing voices.
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    What is depression and what are an individual’s alternatives to taking drugs?
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    What are the moral and spiritual implications for a nation being flooded by propaganda in favor of taking drugs ?
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    “It doesn’t make sense, does it?” Tears were running down her cheeks.
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    She couldn’t let up; she didn’t want to let up. She had, in her own words, a “go-go” style. Now, partially disabled by the injury, she was depressed and even suicidal for the first time in her life.
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    Often they have been damaged by earlier biopsychiatric treatments.
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    It used to be that we suspected and even vilified drugs that “just made you feel good.” The government outlawed them. And does this enthusiasm for Prozac suggest problems with the drug that we haven’t yet faced?
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    HOW SCIENCE
    WILL LET YOU
    CHANGE YOUR
    PERSONALITY
    WITH A PILL
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    Prozac entered a new phase. It became a drug for enhancing the lives of people who otherwise consider themselves normal. Super qualities that users and addicts typically attribute to illicit or recreational drugs, from alcohol to cocaine, began to be attributed to Prozac.
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    In actual practice, many patients are already suicidal when they are started on the drug, increasingly the likelihood that the drug will push them over into self-injurious behavior.
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    it is surprising that the suicidal signal was so strong that it could shine in the context of these trials.
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    Independent scientists play no role anywhere along the process.
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    Keep in mind that controlled clinical trials are planned by the drug companies, supervised by the drug companies, and carried out by paid doctors known to cooperate with the drug companies.
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    it is time to admit flat out that antidepressants cause suicidality in all age groups.
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    Depression is essentially a loss of hope. During clinical trials, the participants are given hope that a new medication may finally relieve their suffering
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    it is important to realize that in general, depressed people do not commit suicide during clinical trials.
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    easy to show their serious adverse effects; difficult to show their effectiveness.
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    antidepressants in children and youth increase the suicide attempt rate and that an estimated 1% to 3% of patients would be at risk of antidepressant-induced suicidality (Hammad et al., 2006).
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    Prozac was producing a continuum of overstimulation that included akathisia, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, depression and mania, and, in the extreme, suicide and violence.
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