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Modern Psychiatry and The Pharmaceutical Industry

Updated on November 13, 2016
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Sam researched the topics of international central banks, corporate lobbying, and the nature of global state-capitalism.


I'm not saying that the entire psychiatric industry, SSRI drugs, mood enhancers or anti-depressants are all bad. Psychiatry and psychiatric drugs can be useful in many cases, and I am not denying the benefits.

Effects of SSRIs

SSRIs treat various mental disorders, at least that's what we are being told by the marketers. The taking of SSRIs has rapidly become widely accepted and common, through efforts by the pharmaceutical and psychiatric industry, such as spending hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying congress, and similar amounts of money on advertising to all ages and groups of people. There are children as young as 3 years old being labeled with mood disorders and being prescribed common drugs such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. SSRIs are prescribed to treat anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bipolar, and other personality disorders. Side effects include erectile dysfunction, difficulty achieving orgasm, fatigue, wight loss or gain, apathy, insomnia, and headaches. Pregnant women who take these mood-enhancing chemicals increase the risk of autism and birth defects in newborns. The increase in the risk of a baby born with autism is about 200 percent when taken in the last two trimesters. Mothers who take Zoloft in the first trimester were 2.8 times more likely to cause an effect to the fetus in which hernia causes organs to float outside the body.

Threatening Effects

SSRIs and Suicide

One of the most appalling side effects is suicide in children and young adults. The increase in children being treated for depression with Prozac, directly correlates with an increase in suicidal thoughts and self-harm. People with friends or family taking SSRIs should be watchful for signs of suicidal thoughts.

SSRIs and Mental Complications

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