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Medication Madness: The Dark Side of Anti-Depressants

Anti-depressants are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in America. Millions of doctors and their patients appear to like these drugs, but there is a darker side. Read Transcript


LORI: MOST VIOLENT OUTBREAKS

IN RECENT YEARS HAVE INVOLVED

GUNS.

NEW INFORMATION INDICATES

ANOTHER COMMON THREAD,

ANTIDEPRESSANTS.

FROM COLUMBINE TO AURORA, NAVAL

YARD TO FORT HOOD,

ANTIDEPRESSANTS HAVE BEEN LINKED

TO VIOLENCE.

FOR DECADES, PSYCHIATRIST PETER

BREKEN HAS STUDIED THIS.

THESE DRUGS ARE CAUSING

HOSTILITY, AGGRESSION, MANIA.

LORI: ANTIDEPRESSANTS WORK ON

THE BRAIN ALTERING THE WAY

PEOPLE THINK.

IN ADDITION TO DRIVING THE

PERSON WITH THIS

AMPHETAMINE-LIKE EFFECT,

ANTIDEPRESSANTS DO A BIT OF

LOBOTOMY, YOU LOSE YOUR EMPATHY

AND CARING.

LORI: IN HIS BOOK, REAL LIFE

EXAMPLES OF VIOLENCE THAT COULD

BE BLAMED ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS.

IF AN ENGINEER WHO WAS GIVEN

PAXIL TO STOP SMOKING CERTAINLY

NOT A MENTAL DISORDER.

WITHIN A COUPLE OF DOSES HE

DROWNED HIMSELF AND TWO

CHILDREN.

LORI: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC,

DR. KAREN JACOBS, WITHOUT

ANTIDEPRESSANTS MANY OF HER

PATIENTS COULDN'T EVEN FUNCTION

PROPERLY.

THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO WORK

OR INTERACT WITH THEIR PEERS.

MAY NOT BE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH

THEIR FAMILY.

THEY ARE ISOLATED AND NOT

PRODUCTIVE.

YOU CAN TURN A PERSON'S LIFE

AROUND WITHOUT THE RIGHT

MEDICATION.

LORI: SHE ALSO RECOGNIZED THE

RISKS.

EDUCATING YOUR PATIENTS

INCLUDING A CARE GIVER AND

ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER IS

ESSENTIAL TO PREVENT THE SIDE

EFFECTS YOU MIGHT HAVE READ

ABOUT IN THE PRESS.

LORI: THE AMERICAN

PSYCHIATRIC ORGANIZATION SAYS

EXERCISE CAUTION WITH DRUGS

SAYING THEIR USES COULD BE

HARMFUL, ESPECIALLY IF PATIENTS

AREN'T PROPERLY MONITORED OR

TAKING OTHER DRUGS.

DR. BREGEN SAYS WHEN IT COMES TO

EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS, COUNSELING

IS THE BETTER TREATMENT SAYING

ANTIDEPRESSANTS CAN MAKE THE

SITUATION WORSE ESPECIALLY IN

YOUNG PEOPLE.

A CHILD WHO IS ALREADY ANGRY

AND UPSET AND WITH DRAWN STARTS

TO FEEL AGITATED, ANXIOUS,

HOSTILITY STARTS TO INCREASE.

A KID HAS NO IDEA IT IS A DRUG

EFFECT EVEN IF YOU TOLD THEM IT

IS A DRUG EFFECT.

HE WOULD SAY I AM ANGRY AT MY

CHOOLMATES AND MOTHER AND

FATHER.

DRUD AND

OF EIVED SOME

NUMBER OF VIOLENCE

REPORTS FROM PEOPLE TAKING

ANTIDEPRESSANTS.

IT HAPPENS OFTEN WITH A DOSE

CHANGE UP OR DOWN OR STARTING OR

STOPPING, A CHANGE.

THAT IS WHAT JARS THE BRAIN THE

MOST IS THE CHANGE.

LORI: SO WHILE

ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE THE MOST

POPULAR DRUGS AMONG DOCTORS AND

PATIENTS, THEY CAN LEAD TO

UNEXPECTED AND EVEN DANGEROUS

RESULTS.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

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