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Shocking Facts about Psychiatric Medication

Updated on January 18, 2012

In the world of psychiatric medication, it is generally divided into six main groups; anti-depressants, stimulants, anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics and depressants. These groups treat disorders like eating disorders, bipolar, anxiety disorders, sedatives and even appetite suppressing conditions. The sad truth is these psychiatric medications were once only prescribed in psychiatric settings like mental health institutes and asylums but now, psychiatric medication are now readily available off pharmacy shelves through prescriptions given off on a whim. As psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies race to release more and more psychiatric pills that treat even the slightest disorders, the global population is paying the price for their profits and massive financial gains.

Harmful psychiatric medication

Psychiatric Medication Madness
Psychiatric Medication Madness

Over a hundred million people in the world are on psychiatric medication. These medication, in fact, do not cure diseases and disorders, merely controlling and maintaining them, causing the people already on the medication to keep on taking them until someone effectively puts a stop to it. Studies have shown that psychiatric medications are almost no better than having a placebo, with serious adverse side effects. Thorazine, a psychiatric drug that treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, has numerous permanent damaging side effects ranging from greatly reducing the reproductive system to disrupting frontal lobe nerve activity causing emotional numbing and cognitive dysfunction. Paxil, the famous anti-depressant that “cures” social anxiety, has side effects that cause a decrease in a person’s IQ and discontinuation of Paxil has been known to cause a withdrawal syndrome that has led to several instances of suicide.

The horrifying truth is products like Paxil alone amass over a billion dollars in sales. Paxil has over twenty million prescriptions in the United States alone, making it the fifth most prescribed anti-depressants in the country. The psychiatric medication industry makes over 330 billion dollars worldwide each year and these psychiatric drugs have made its way into general practitioners’ offices. Through marketing blitzes and effective campaigning, psychiatric medications, which contain no known medicinal values that can actually cure someone is being prescribed by doctors worldwide. With each psychiatric medication making an average of seven million dollars a year, this trend of prescribing patients with a highly disastrous drug looks as if it will not end anytime soon.

Drug Withdrawals, Psychiatry, Mental Health Medication

Psychiatric medication does not go through stringent testing as well. In fact, studies done by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (site: shows that a majority of labels that are considered a psychiatric drug only underwent clinical trials of up to eight weeks before being released into the market. This only means that any dangerous or life threatening side effects of the psychiatric drug that takes place after a few months will only be found out by the general public. This shows that these psychiatric firms and pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these drugs are only out to make a huge financial profit and are making the public guinea pigs since the drugs do not undergo proper clinical trials and tests.

Research has also shown that pharmaceutical companies manipulate test data to be in accordance to FDA standards in the United States and when a legal discovery process uncovered the secrets behind unfavorable research results in Paxil, it was also discovered that these pharmaceutical companies pay out a substantial amount of money to psychiatrists to be a leading expert on the psychiatric drug and hold talks and lectures regarding the “effectiveness” of the drug, fooling the public and the government on the actual statistics and ineffectiveness of these psychiatric medications.

So, before you go about and agree to a prescription for fringe medical disorders, it pays to do some little research on the product before taking it. Remember, adverse side effects of psychiatric drugs can lead to substantial damage to the body, even death.


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      Joanne1225 6 years ago from Central Pennsylvania

      While I found many interesting and informative elements in your hub, I felt as though it was "rushed," and there are several elements that deserved more attention, as this is such a serious matter. I thank you for writing it, and I did learn from it.

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      Gary Shorthouse 6 years ago from Reading, UK

      Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry researching into new drugs for a number of years, I completely concur with your comments.

      I would also like to add that the psychiatric industry is also largely to blame for the situation. Every year many new psychiatric conditions are invented just as new drugs (and old ones) are launched to cure or control them.

      In the olden days we had naughty children, now we have children with so-called Attention Deficit Disorder dosed up to the eyeballs with various addictive amphetamine derivatives.

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      Lori Colbo 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Sunseven, thank you for this hub. I really understand your point. Psychiatric drugs are very much overprescribed and the pharmecutical (sp)are raking in billions of dollars. There are some harmful side effects and withdrawals are a very real concern. It makes me very angry that doctors prescribe meds for anyone who has a twinge of depression.

      That being said, people like me who have conditions such as bipolar cannot live without medication. Bipolar is a condition that is organic, biological, and cannot be managed without meds in my experience and the experience of many others. I would not be alive were it not for medication and good talk therapy. However, I will concede that it concerns me greatly that meds have affected my memory and I am struggling with mild cognitive problems. For me, it's a damned it I do, and damned if I don't. I am sick of trying a multitude of meds. I finally have a good medication regimen that works quite well and what a relief. But the concerns you have brought up are very real, and very accurate. Thank you for this hub. I voted up and useful. God bless.

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      megamass 8 years ago from Portugal

      I have to agree with with this subject.

      My experience is justa that.


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      khmohsin 8 years ago

      quite informative, thanks for writing such a thoughtful hub

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      Peter Dickinson 8 years ago from South East Asia

      Interesting hub, thank you. Following the split up between my wife and I after thirty happy years together I fell down into a deep well of depression. I was 'treated' with Seroxat.

      I would ban it. I cannot begin to tell you about the terrors that that drug put me through. The thing is I don't know if I could have got through the depression without it. It will remain a mystery. I believe though that someone to hug you and a shoulder to cry on is more valuable than any chemical assistance.