Antidepressants are some of the most prescribed medications in the world. They are also some of the most revenue generating. It is said that 10% of Americans are on some form of antidepressant. Antidepressant use is an epidemic. If you break down those statistics, you find that nearly a quarter of all women ages 40 to 60 take them. That’s astounding, to say the least. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRI as they are known, is an enticing concept. Feel down for any reason at all, you suddenly become susceptible to medical pitches. Who doesn’t want to feel less depressed? Getting new users is a ripe business model. When it comes to quitting, many have rough side-effects. So rough, many users are asked to “ween” off leading many to never even fully quit.
And according to new research, that long-term use is bad for your health.
Long-term uses of SSRI medications show a 33% higher mortality rate and a 14% increased risk for cardiovascular issues.
The study run by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, said that SSRIs “disrupt multiple adaptive processes regulated by evolutionarily ancient biochemicals, potentially increasing mortality.” When it comes to defining “biochemicals,” in this instance, the researchers are talking about Serotonin. The researchers claim that the model they used to evaluate results called “mixed-effects statistical model,” helps rules out other causes of the mortality and heart issues.
Associate professor Paul Andrews led the research team. “We are very concerned by these results,” he said. “They suggest that we shouldn’t be taking antidepressant drugs without understanding precisely how they interact with the body.”
With so many Americans locked into the antidepressant scam, our future generations are at risk for shorter lifespans. Many medical professionals believe strongly in their use. Changes in diet, exercise, meditation, and many other holistic therapies are often shunned by many people who simply believe that they have a chemical issue that only medications can cure. We are in a sad state of affairs.