Exclusive : The Drugs Don’t Work
By Marie Porter – Sov Indo
The Drugs Don’t Work
It’s a common misconception that anti-depressant drugs are actually completely effective and safe.
Neither is of these ‘facts’ are true in any way.
Take the report in today’s Irish Independent which states that –
“From January to July 2016 alone, there were 1,478 under-16s on the HSE records for anti-depressants.”
Why they only cite figures from the first half of the year is unclear as I would suspect that more are prescribed in the latter months of the year as the nights darken, Christmas and New Year approach and exam pressure starts to mount on students.
The fact that under 16’s are on the drugs should be of great concern to everyone as the illusion of mental illness amongst ordinary children is expanded to facilitate medication on spurious afflictions such as ADHD which many assert as a fake condition.
When I was young there was never any mention of children with mental illness or some form of hyperactivity disorder. Young boys were simply behaving as young boys had always behaved; excitable, hyperactive in some cases, aggressive, boisterous etc… There was never any call for psychiatric assessment or any other intervention other than fathers giving them a sore arse occasionally if they overstepped what was acceptable behaviour within society at the time.
But of course, times change and instead of a smacked bottom, society in the form of Big Pharma and the illusionary mental illness freak show we see today, deems it necessary to medicate anyone suspected of being ‘abnormal’; in other words being ordinary active, inquisitive, children who generally run around playing and causing endless mayhem for parents… Just like I and many others my age did when we were children. I have the memories of many a sore rear end to prove it.
But it did me no harm. I have no side effects.
That’s more than can be said for today’s methodology of prescribing dangerous narcotics to children barely entering adolescence.
The above article’s header quotes the interviewee featured as stating that –
“Sometimes they work wonders, sometimes they don’t”
If they only work sometimes then it’s the sometimes they don’t that needs to be carefully examined.
If they don’t work then why don’t they work and what are the indications of their inefficacy?
Are they in fact detrimental to the patient?
The case can undoubtedly be made, using dubious pseudo-scientific analysis, that they help certain people with genuine mental problems but the question has to be asked as to how children are assessed by any mental health ‘professional’?
And is it ethical to carry out what amounts to chemical experimentation on children?
The answer to that question has to be a resounding NO!
So why are these drugs becoming more and more prescribed to children particularly in light of the major physical and mental problems they cause to apparently cure a mystery illness, which is ‘diagnosed’ through the opinion of another person with letters after their name, who claims to know and understand what’s happening inside the head of a child?
The answer is obvious… They have no idea what is going on in the mind of a child, or an adult for that matter. It is all based on their personal opinion and perception of what their qualifications and their dubious ‘educational scientific’ manuals tell them.
The DSM5 is the current manual of mental illnesses given to doctors to basically enable them to pluck anything from any number of manufactured disorders to justify the chemical damage of children through pharmaceutical drugs. Even normal human emotions are labelled as ‘mental illness’.
It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder and be included in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type. In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. One possible objection to this proposal remains–that happiness is not negatively valued. However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically irrelevant.
Two experts have warned that antidepressants are being “doled out as cure for simple sadness,” reports The Daily Telegraph.
The news is based on an opinion piece written by two professors in the British Medical Journal. It is one of an ongoing series of articles looking at the potential harms of over diagnosing different conditions.
The authors argue the current criteria for diagnosing depression includes wide groups of people with mixed severities of the condition, and are therefore too broad.
They are concerned that diagnostic criteria are “medicalising” normal human experiences such as grief, and other life stresses. They highlight the importance of providing appropriate support – not antidepressants – for these individuals. The authors also note the importance of GPs identifying people with severe depression and providing them with better access to adequate evidence-based care.
They are also concerned that despite studies suggesting the number of people with depression in the general population has stayed roughly the same in recent years, the number of diagnoses of the condition in general practice and prescriptions of antidepressants are increasing. They say this is not due to better diagnosis, but rather to over diagnosis.
The article in the Irish Independent states that the most widespread prescribed anti-depressant is a drug called ‘Methylphenidate’.
‘Methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
However, the drug is being used to treat depression which is not its intended function.
It has numerous side effects, including depression, and more worrying sudden death.
You should not use methylphenidate if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- a personal or family history of tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette’s syndrome; or
- severe anxiety, tension, or agitation (stimulant medicine can make these symptoms worse).
Some stimulants have caused sudden death in certain people. Tell your doctor if you have:
- heart problems or a congenital heart defect;
- high blood pressure; or
- a family history of heart disease or sudden death.
To make sure methylphenidate is safe for you, tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has ever had:
- depression, mental illness, bipolar disorder, psychosis, or suicidal thoughts or actions;
(Isn’t the whole point of this medication to treat depression?)
- motor tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette’s syndrome;
- blood circulation problems in the hands or feet;
- seizures or epilepsy;
- an abnormal brain wave test (EEG); or
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether methylphenidate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Methylphenidate is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.
I doubt it will be too long before the 6 year old barrier will be passed as more and more children are misdiagnosed through dubious psychiatric methodologies and more drugs are produced to treat them.
I often wonder what goes through the mind of a doctor when they decide to prescribe such dangerous medication to children.
Would they be willing to prescribe it to their own children if they were simply acting like normal active children? I doubt it.
It would appear that drugs such as Methylphenidate are experimental at best and obviously dangerous and life threatening at worst.
Why take such a risk with our children when there is no proven evidence that they have any form of mental illness in the first place?