Anti Depressants

Dear World

SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

How are we living in daily life and what choices are we making that may contribute to depression.

What is really going on for us on World Health Day – 7 April 2019

70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants
England | 2018 (1)

NHS digital figures showing number of drugs issued for conditions like depression and anxiety are on the rise.

WHY have we doubled the number dispensed in a decade in just one country.

Note – this figure does not include items issued on private prescriptions or those given out in hospitals.

What about those who can get antidepressants online as

–  it is a way to hide it from others
– risk of losing job or relationship
– under age so it is a safe option

What if we simply add this all up and wake up to the fact – this is just one country so what is the real total worldwide figures for the antidepressant trade.

$15.98 BILLION
GLOBAL ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS MARKET BY 2023 
(2)

Hello

Is this confirming that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

We have expected forecasts of where we are heading and our future does not look like things will be getting better.

$15,980,000,000

What does this long big fat number really mean to us

Do we want to know more or does it suit us to just ignore

Is this the right time to be asking some serious Questions

Are we going to wait for more and more drugs to be on the market to cope with our depression.

Are our researchers busy focussing on more Solutions but not even considering how on earth do we get depression in the first place.

Are we going to continue to alleviate our depression by using drugs to do the job for us.

Are we going to review our antidepressant dose as we have got used to it and we now feel like it’s not working.

Are we happy knowing we are using antidepressants to push down feelings we do not want to feel.

Are we ok with taking antidepressants to numb our pain, which comes from our deep buried hurts in the past.

Are we going to keep taking antidepressants for the rest of our lives, as we just don’t think there is a way to deal with our past issues.

Are we relying on the antidepressant market to come up with a miracle pill one day, that will keep all our pain at bay, so we don’t have to feel it every day.

Are we content taking antidepressants because we know most of those we hang out with do the same, so it’s kind of normal in our world.

Are we convinced that antidepressants make the problem seem less severe.

Are we sure that antidepressants make our suffering and misery much less, so we can cope and function in life.

 

WHY is there such a high demand to not feel depressed and get a Solution for this type of illness.

WHY are we ok about popping pills without ever questioning how we got to this point to start with.

WHY are we certain the antidepressants market is on trend to rise with no sign of going down in the near future.

WHY are we all not fully informed and educated about the real risks and side effects of antidepressants.

WHY have we got all this so-called Intelligence in our world today, yet we are nowhere near finding out the root cause of depression and nailing it.

WHY have we simply accepted that taking antidepressants is normal and ok in life.

WHY have we got a nation where patients have an attitude of ‘a pill for every ill’ and where did this come from in the first place.

WHY are we so good at Blaming this and that, the world and its mothers and brothers for taking antidepressants.

WHY have we got shame around the fact that we have been taking antidepressants for decades.

WHY have we never considered what the antidepressants might be doing to our brain chemistry in the long-term.

WHY have we never given it much thought that every drug has its side effects and that includes antidepressants.

WHY are some of us having to up our daily dose when it comes to antidepressants.

WHY do we avoid conversations about depression as we know we are living a Double Life, as no one knows we take antidepressants.

WHY are some of us ending up taking antidepressants when we don’t need to, if we are being Honest.

WHY are we taking antidepressants and choosing to have Alcohol too to take the edge off life.

WHY are we mixing antidepressants with a cocktail of other drugs just to function every day.

WHY are we ok with spending the taxpayers funding on avoidable prescriptions like antidepressants. (1)

 
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Antidepressant Withdrawal hits Millions (3) 

Millions of people get bad side-effects trying to cut down or come off antidepressants.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence review suggests –

4 million patients have withdrawal symptoms

50% of these experience severe symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms include Anxiety | Sleep Problems | Hallucinations

Guidelines say symptoms are usually mild and clear up in a week but it is not uncommon for side-effects to last for weeks, months or even longer.

So WHY are patients not properly warned and who is setting these guidelines that we all seem to be just accepting without questioning.

24 pieces of research | over 5,000 patients

Comments shared by some patients –

  • It took me 2 months of hell to come off the antidepressants – was massively harder than I expected.
  • While there is no doubt I am better on this medication, the adverse effects have been devastating – when I have tried to withdraw – with ‘head zaps’, agitation, insomnia and mood changes.
  • The difficulty of getting off has been a tough road and taken me years of trying and is something that doctors could be more knowledgeable of and supportive with. (3)

“This new review of the research reveals what many patients have known for years – that withdrawal from antidepressants often causes severe, debilitating symptoms which can last for weeks, months or longer.

Existing NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines fail to acknowledge how common withdrawal is and wrongly suggest that it usually resolves within one week.

This leads many doctors to misdiagnose withdrawal symptoms, often as relapse, resulting in much unnecessary and harmful long-term prescribing.”
Dr. James Davies | University of Roehampton – London (3)

Hello

Can we go back and just re-read the above real life comments so we are all on the same page, so to speak.

This is a big study and something to take note of, because it is spelling out to us that coming off antidepressants often causes severe and debilitating symptoms which can last for many weeks, months or even longer.

So if this is the case and many patients have known this for years, why are we endorsing this and not asking more Questions to get to the root cause of WHY anyone has depression in the first place.

What we do know is that we are not born depressed and so that means life happens, something triggers inside us to then develop the symptoms associated with depression.

What we are hearing about is the age for depression is being diagnosed at younger ages and in the past this was not the case.

Back to the anecdotal evidence above – here is a microcosm of what happens when we try or attempt to come off antidepressants.

Could it be possible that what is being shown to us by the body is what we have chosen to De-Press. In other words, the stuff we have pushed down and buried by using a substance that alters our natural state.

All drugs alter our natural state
All drugs affect our mind and body
All drugs have side effects – Fact

So do we calculate the odds

Do we go for the easy option
Do we go for relief and release
Do we go for a comfortable life
Do we go for issue free days

Do we go for ‘pop the pill and deal with the problem later in life’
Do we go for anything that will take away the pain and suffering
Do we go for whatever drug is going to not make us face the pain
Do we go for the choice that allows us to continue our lifestyle

Antidepressants are one of the most common prescription drugs in the UK and their use has been rising (3)

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Antidepressant Prescriptions for Children on the Rise (4)

950,000 antidepressant prescriptions issued to children – April 2015 to March 2018

The figures relate to a group of powerful antidepressants known as SSRIs
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.

Steepest increase seen in the youngest patients – aged 12 and under

“Currently only 1 in 4 children and young people are treated for their mental health problems… what we do not know from today’s data is why these antidepressants are being prescribed and how…”
Dr Bernadka Dubicka – Chair
Child and Adolescent Faculty | The Royal College of Psychiatrists (4)

“The government recently suggested that the average waiting time for general access to Camhs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) is around 12 weeks, which is a long time to be in distress.
And that is why front-line professionals are turning to prescription pads because they are thinking ‘I am seeing someone in front of me in crisis with a level of distress I do not want to leave them with – how do I offer them some kind of alleviation from that?’”
Marc Bush – Chief Policy Advisor | Young Minds (4)

Hello

WHY are we all not up in arms about this
WHY are our children getting depressed

What on earth is really going on for them
What is going on that they want to take pills
What are we endorsing and subscribing to

Have we considered the long-term impact
Have we bothered to ask serious Questions
Have we wondered if we have a hand in this

Are we going to simply accept this is happening
Are we going to ignore the fact this is going on
Are we going to say it has nothing to do with us
Are we going to Blame the systems for failing us

The fact is we have children today taking antidepressants and we all need to read this as a 911 emergency wake up call.

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SSRIs and SNRIs

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.

SSRIs block the reuptake or absorption of serotonin in the brain.
This makes it easier of brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.

They are called “selective” because they mainly seem to affect serotonin and not the other neurotransmitters.

Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors are used to treat

ADHD
Anxiety disorders
Chronic neuropathic pain
Fibromyalgia
Major depression
Menopausal symptoms
Mood disorders
OCD

SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine – two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood. (5)

Neurotransmitters can affect pain signals sent by nerves, which may explain why some antidepressants can help relieve long-term pain. (6)

Side effects of SSRIs and SNRIs  

  • Abnormal thinking
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low sodium
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Sedation
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sweating
  • Tremor
  • Weight loss

Reports of those who use SSRIs and SNRIs in particular under age 18 may experience thoughts of suicide especially when they first start using the drugs. (5)

To keep it simple –

Serotonin is a chemical known as a neurotransmitter
It is known to regulate our mood and emotions
It helps to send signals from one brain cell to the next
When we have depression, serotonin levels can be low
Communication between the brain cells can be impaired

Antidepressants are a medication designed to increase serotonin levels
It does this by blocking reabsorption into the original sending cell
This is so that normal communication between cells can resume again
Symptoms of depression may improve but there is no guarantee

… the initial response to a stressful situation is anxiety – if the individual believes that the situation cannot be altered or controlled, anxiety is replaced by depression.
Hiroto, D.S. & Seligman, M.E.P. (1975) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (7)

If we just stop for a moment and read again what was said over four decades ago – is there something here or us all to consider.

What is our initial response to a stressful situation, if we can be honest

Can we all agree that if it is anxiety it is because we do not feel equipped to deal with what has happened to us

Is it our initial reaction that starts the ill inside our body

Is the trigger from the stressful event feeling like poison

Are we already exhausted and feeling overwhelmed with life and that is why we have stress popping up everywhere

Insomnia, the most common expression of mental disease is like a Cinderella disorder – seldom receiving proper attention, despite the fact that it is the most treatable precursor to depression.
Colin Espie – Professor of Sleep Medicine, Oxford University. (8)

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Here we have a Professor of Sleep Medicine telling us that insomnia is the most common expression of mental disease and the fact that it is a precursor to depression.

So what if we got our sleep business sorted and made it our Focus and Priority in life

What is there is a direct correlation between Sleep and Depression

What if our sleep quality is a key part of how we will make daily choices in life. In other words, with proper consistent sleep routine and rhythms, we could knock out many ills that are treatable without medication

What if we seriously applied the 9 o’clock hoover and read what the Sleep blog on this website is presenting

Are we ready to answer all the Questions presented in this blog thus far

 
Dear World

We are in a serious state when it comes to this topic about depression. It would be a wise move right now to read our blog on this website which presents the stats | facts and more… https://simplelivingglobal.com/world-health-day-depression/

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What if we start taking real Responsibility by being Honest about what is going on in our lives and what is not true.

What if we then get deeply honest and look at our lifestyle choices that could be a big contributory factor.

What if we then read the blog on Sleep which is presenting Another Way.

What if we then apply the 9 o’clock hoover blog and stick at it Consistently and see what happens.

What if we just need to start somewhere and not feel overwhelmed at where we are with life, but take real action that is simple and practical.

In other words, activate with our movements another way to how we have been going, where we have ended up taking antidepressants and perhaps other medication too.

While we wait for more research, more Solutions or a pill to take away the side effects or withdrawal symptoms – we could just have a go at what this blog is presenting.

If we are ready for real change, it would be well worth reading more Blogs on this website as they all present another way to live.

The wake up call has been made and it is up to each and every one of us to respond or stay where we are – always a choice.


If you are feeling suicidal, contact your GP for support or the Suicide Helplines.

In a crisis contact your emergency services.

Suicide Helplines

UK – Samaritans available 24 hours
Tel: 116 123

Childline – for children and young people
Tel: 0800 1111

USA – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Tel:  1-800-273-8255

Other Countries
Check International Association for Suicide Prevention Resources on Crisis Centers
https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres


References

(1) (2019, March 28). Jump in Antidepressant Prescriptions in England. BBC News. Retrieved April 3, 2019 from
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47740396

(2) (2018, November 21). Antidepressant Drugs Market to Reach $15.98 Bn by 2023, Globally at 2.1% CAGR, Says Allied Market Research. PR Newswire. Retrieved April 4, 2019 from
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/antidepressant-drugs-market-to-reach-15-98-bn-by-2023-globally-at-2-1-cagr-says-allied-market-research-873540700.html

(3) (2018, October 2). Antidepressant Withdrawal ‘Hits Millions’. BBC News. Retrieved April 3, 2019 from
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45717465

(4) Newlan, O. (2018, July 24). Antidepressant Prescriptions for Children on the Rise. BBC News. Retrieved April 4, 2019 from
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44821886

(5) Nordqvist, C. (2018, February 16). All About Antidepressants. Medical News Today. Retrieved April 3, 2019 from
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/kc/antidepressants-work-248320

(6) (2018, August 16). Antidepressants. NHS. Retrieved April 3, 2019 from
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/antidepressants/

(7) (2015). Depression Management Diploma Course. Stonebridge Associated Colleges

(8) Siddique, H. (2016, April 1). Britons Missing an Hour’s Sleep Every Night, Says Report. The Guardian. Retrieved April 6, 2019 from
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/apr/01/uk-hours-sleep-night-report-average-royal-society-for-public-health

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  1. Taking antidepressants seemed the ‘normal’ thing to do. I was experiencing thoughts that were disturbing and seemed uncontrollable. I wanted something to take it away.

    My understanding of depression was that it was very much a brain thing. Anti depressants would redress the imbalance in the chemicals being produced in my brain. I can’t believe that I thought this seemed a harmless thing to do. But at the time it seemed like I was simply making a choice between having a crazy head and balancing things in my head.

    Anti depressants also seemed like the only solution. If they didn’t work then I wasn’t sure what to do.

    I was also seeing psychotherapists so I seemed to have a balanced approach of taking drugs and seeking therapeutic help.

    I was walking around as a disembodied head at this time in my life. At no stage did I ever consider that depression had its roots in my body; that there was responsibility in my choices, in how I cared for my body, that could get rid of depression.

    At no point did I consider my sleep as something that could help get rid of it.

    At no point did I consider that the way I was moving – with lots of nervous tension and anxiety – was effecting my moods.

    At no point did I consider that alcohol could be effecting my sleep and therefore my well-being and my thoughts.

    At no point did I consider that settlement in my body could eradicate depression.

    At no point did I think that clearing buried hurts from my body would effect my thoughts.

    At no point did I think that I could be sensitive in this world, that this could be a cherished quality, a best companion.

    I thought if I went to the gym and sweated enough then that would give me enough endorphins to help my mental health.

    I thought if I talked a lot about my problems and knew what to blame then that would help.

    I thought that if I had friends who listened to me blaming things then that would help.

    I thought that if I knew why my parents were to blame then that would help.

    I was on anti depressants for many years and no one was monitoring or keeping track. Of course I created that situation.

    I would say one of the side effects was that I was very numb. I didn’t really have a sense of things. I didn’t feel one way or the other about things.

    After I came off them, I remember speaking to a therapist.
    After several sessions, she asked me why exactly I was there and I ran my hand over my chest/ heart area whilst saying ‘I don’t feel anything.’ Until that point I had no idea I was so numb.

    It took a while for the root of depression and threads of it to clear out. I would say I was definitely hanging onto it. It was so familiar to me and it also took me a while to accept that self care for my body was the only thing to make any difference.

    Any attempt to use thinking to change my thoughts about myself didn’t work.

    It has only really been since I have been addressing my sleep that I have seen real changes.

    I used to deprive myself of sleep – whether by getting up too early or going to bed too late. Or by busying my mind with things to load it up before bed so that my sleep is disturbed.

    I can still do these things and deliberately avoid sleep but I have a different experience of sleep now where I know the deep rest that I can experience. My body now knows a different feeling – a feeling of being deeply rested, of being allowed to rest.

    I don’t fight my sleep anywhere near as much. It’s great to write this now and know that it’s a choice for me to fight sleep or allow it.
    I am not a person who ‘doesn’t sleep well,’ I just fight it. And it’s a choice to do that.

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