The truth about the effectiveness of psychiatric drugs and the crisis in the making — (Irrational Medicine)

SSRI Ed note: Man starts meds for depression, takes them 23 years, discovers their effects lead to more serious diagnoses, bipolar and ADD, gets off, write an exposé.

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November 10, 2004

If Antidepressants Really Work Why Did The FDA Issue The Strongest Warning Possible For Teenagers?

(PRWEB) — Jeffrey Wilson is the premier expert at recovering from depression. His new book Irrational Medicine (Gracia Publishing, November 4, 2004) shows how doctors ignored various causes for his depression and prescribed drug after drug to “cure” him. Eventually the side effects of the drugs caused him to be diagnosed with ADD and Bipolar Disorder. He then discovered the truth about psychiatric drugs and found a way to get out of his 23 year pharmaceutical coma.

Irrational Medicine puts the spotlight on a drug crisis that is still in the making – the control and consumption of mood-regulating drugs, such as Prozac and other antidepressants and a much wider problem – continuing human dependence on corporate and professional power. This is a unique and penetrating look into the true effectiveness of psychiatric drugs. The book combines the elements of memoir, self-help, psychology, alternative-medicine, and spirituality to deliver the message that people really do have alternatives to a life of drugs and hopelessness.

Talking Points:

  • Over 20 million people a year take psychiatric drugs never realizing that they have been influenced by the most successful marketing campaign in history.
  • The number of prescriptions continues to grow at an exponential rate. More and more adults and children are being diagnosed with depression and ADD each year. There is an epidemic of pharmaceutical drug use in this country.
  • Because medication is often more affordable than psychotherapy there is a greater incentive for doctors to prescribe a pill than hours with a therapist.
  • No one disputes that the long term effects of these drugs remain uncertain. Studies detailing the effectiveness of the drugs have lasted no more than a few months, yet medications are routinely prescribed for long periods of time.
  • Forty percent of respondents in one study said their depression had been eased on a placebo.

About the Author:  Jeffrey Wilson left an executive position at the world’s largest distributor of pharmaceuticals to write about his 23 year experience on psychiatric drugs. His inside knowledge of the drug industry combined with his extensive work on recovering from depression makes him uniquely qualified to take on the pharmaceutical industry’s claims that these drugs work. His writing grows out of a series of extraordinary life experiences allowing him to speak and write authoritatively about the issues relating to depression and legal drug abuse. Jeffrey currently lives outside of Columbus, Ohio.