Read About The Anti Depressant Scandal In “The Emperor’s New Drugs”, And Research One Old Drug – which surely applies to the use of anti psychotics in dementia… written by By AZ Desert Rat and published on Monday Nov 26, 2012 on DAILY KOS
Key excerpts from “The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth” by Irving Kirsch (Mar 8, 2011), backed up by detailed and unbiased statistical analysis:
“The belief that antidepressants can cure depression chemically is simply wrong.”
“Using these standards to judge the effectiveness of a (antidepressants) is voodoo science to the nth degree.”
“In their most recent analysis of the data, the FDA concluded that, when compared to (sugar pills), (antidepressants) double the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in depressed patients up to the age of 24”
“(side effects of antidepressants include)…sexual dysfunction…seizures…mania..panic attacks…twitching…anorexia…hallucinations…” [some of the things people with dementia are reported as having – which may be caused by the drugs they are being prescribed!]
“while only a minority report any particular side effect, the number of patients who report suffering from at least one of them is quite high, ranging from half…to the vast majority…”
In summary, antidepressants are more accurately viewed as dangerous, habit-forming, sexual inhibitors that have the occasional side effect of improving depression.
Even the scientists are now admitting that the entire theory of levels of Serotonin affecting mood is wrong. Much of the last 50 years of research has been digging in the wrong hole. To the degree that antidepressants do work, it is because of the placebo effect in which people believe themselves into health, combined with a small and incidental drug effect.
How can you believe Dr. Irving Kirsch, the author of The Emperor’s New Drugs?