12 Shocking Facts About the Dangers of Psychiatric Drugs

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

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Every day, doctors and psychiatrists dole out behavior-modifying medicines for a variety of psychiatric disorders. The disorders range from depression and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) to bipolar and anxiety disorders. The sordid story behind how these medications work, how they come to market, and how they interfere with the lives of users is a complicated web. However, the next 12 facts will highlight the devastating story behind psychiatric drugs and how they affect millions of people in the United States alone.

1. No Physical Test Can Prove the Existence of a “Mental Disorder”

No blood, urine, or chemical imbalance exam can test for the presence of a mental disease or illness. Even x-rays or brain scans can’t show the presence of a “mental disorder.” [[1]] This leads many to believe that healthy patients have a great possibility of being diagnosed with supposed “disorders” even if they are only displaying minor symptoms. Many of these symptoms include stress and difficulty concentrating — issues that can often be chalked up as a natural response to everyday stress.

2. The Psychiatric Industry is a $330 Billion Industry

That’s a huge number and many forces are at work to preserve and grow it. While most physicians are not mercenary in their approach to prescribing medications, there is an argument to be made for the possibility of a conflict of interest when it comes to the rise of psychiatric prescriptions. [[2]]

3. Worldwide, Over 100 Million People Take Psychiatric Drugs

That seems like an astoundingly high number. What’s going on that so many among us feel the need to be medicated? [[3]]

4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: 23 Soldiers and Vets Commit Suicide Every Day

The most shocking part of this statistic is that it exists despite the use of antidepressants. [[4]] These suicides are often due to post-traumatic stress disorder coupled with the inability to cope with civilian life. [[5]] So far, the solution has just been more psychiatric drugs.

5. Worldwide, 17 Million Children Take Psychiatric Drugs

To say that this is a dangerous epidemic is an understatement. Regulatory agencies in Europe, Australia, and the United States have issued warnings about the potential for anti-depressants to cause suicide or hostility and rage. [6]

6. 10 Million of These Kids are in the United States

That means the United States has 30% more children than the rest of the world on addictive stimulants, antidepressants, and other mind-altering drugs. [7] That’s not a number one position to be proud of.

7. FDA Warnings Have Been Issued for Ritalin and Concerta

And they aren’t alone, and other psychiatric stimulants have had similar warnings issued for their effects on children. [8] What’s the problem? Well, for starters, these drugs may cause psychotic behavior, heart attack, stroke and sudden death. If that’s not enough, add suicidal thoughts and inclinations toward violent behavior to the list.

8. Antidepressants Come With a Warning Label

In 2004, the FDA finally ordered a “black box” label on all antidepressants to warn of psychiatric drugs’ increasing suicide risk in children and adolescents. Being an adult, however, doesn’t guarantee safety. In 2006, the FDA increased the age to include young adults up to age of 25. [9]

9. Children Five and Under Are the Fastest Growing Group Being Prescribed Antidepressants

Think of all the kids under five you know — they’re the target for these drugs. [10] Now picture this, from 1995-1999, antidepressant use increased 580% in ages 6 years and younger. It grew 151% in the 7-12 age group during the same time period. [11] Without action, it’s only going to go up from there. Do you think children should take these drugs? Watch this video and decide for yourself…

10. 10% of Teens Abuse Ritalin and Adderall

That’s according to a U.S. news report. [12] No surprise, these drugs have a tendency to be highly addictive. [13] Unfortunately, because kids are prescribed these drugs en masse, availability isn’t much of an issue and they don’t need to head over to skid row to pick this stuff up.

11. General Physicians Prescribe 70% of Psychotropic Drugs

No offense to family practice physicians, but should they be the ones prescribing the majority of these mind medicines? [14] Pragmatically, this statistic literally means that a majority of these drugs get used without a psychiatric evaluation to determine if they’re necessary, appropriate, or safe.

12. Some Reports Show Antidepressants are No Better than Placebo

While published reports do show 94% effectiveness, taking a look at the total reports submitted to the FDA, only 50% reported positive outcomes. That being said, around 50% of patients would be better off taking a placebo. In addition, 31% of the 74 FDA-registered studies have never been published. [15] Sound like a complicated number soup yet? It is, a 2009 analysis showed traditional pharmaceutical drugs yield inconsistent results. [16]

A Final Thought…

While not everyone will succumb to the negative effects of psychiatric drugs, the risk of negative side effects cannot be ignored and should absolutely be thoroughly discussed and understood. In some cases, natural remedies for mood support may be a viable option. If you want to learn more about this insanity? You have to watch this video…

The Marketing of Madness: The Truth About Psychotropic Drugs

Did any of these facts surprise you? Do you have an experience with psychiatric drugs? Leave a comment below and share your experience!

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References:

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  2. Giovanni A. FavaFinancial conflicts of interest in psychiatry. World Psychiatry. February 2007; 6(1): 19-24.
  3. Lawrence A. Labbate MD, Maurizio Fava MD, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, George W. Arana. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Therapy. April 18th, 2009.
  4. Valenstein M, Kim HM, Ganoczy D, Eisenberg D, Pfeiffer PN, Downing K, Hoggatt K, Ilgen M, Austin KL, Zivin K, Blow FC, McCarthy JF. Antidepressant agents and suicide death among US Department of Veterans Affairs patients in depression treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2012 Jun;32(3):346-53. doi: 10.1097/JCP.0b013e3182539f11.
  5. Janet Kemp RN PhD, Robert Bossarte PhD. Suicide Data Report, 2012. Department of Veteran Affairs, Mental Health Services, Suicide Prevention Program. 2012.
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  7. Jacqueline A. Sparks, Barry L. Duncan. The Ethics and Science of Medicating Children. Ethical Human Psychiatry and Psychology, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2004.
  8. FDA. Medication Guide: Ritalin. (last accessed 2014-04-05)
  9. National Institute of Mental Health. Antidepressant Medication for Children and Adolescents: Information for Parents and Caregivers. (last accessed 2014-04-05)
  10. Thomas Delate Ph.D., Alan J. Gelenberg, Ph.D., Valarie A. Simmons, M.S., Brenda A. Motheral, Ph.D. Trends in the Use of Antidepressants in a National Sample of Commercially Insured Pediatric Patients, 1998 to 2002. Psychiatric Services. A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association. 2004 Apr;55(4):387-91.
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  15. Turner et al. Selective publication of antidepressant trials and its influence on apparent efficacy. New England Journal of Medicine. 2008.
  16. Dr Andrea Cipriani PhD a d, Toshiaki A Furukawa MD b, Georgia Salanti PhD c, John R Geddes MD d, Julian PT Higgins PhD e, Rachel Churchill PhD g, Norio Watanabe PhD b, Atsuo Nakagawa MD h, Ichiro M Omori PhD b, Hugh McGuire MA f, Michele Tansella MD a, Corrado Barbui MD. Comparative efficacy and acceptability of 12 new-generation antidepressants: a multiple-treatments meta-analysis. The Lancet, Psychiatry, 29 January 2009.

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  • Sasha

    our food and drink are being spiked with sugar. we are spending more time on the internet. we are being forced to work inside buildings for long periods of hours. forced to concentrate for long periods of hours. no way man. stay balanced. eat healthy, create, rest your brain.

  • Dora

    This article is BS! Some people actually need these medications like myself.

  • S. Froyd

    what part is bs?

  • tamajam10

    BigPharma and Monsanto Brotherhood: Poison people with food – then drug them to mask the symptoms of the toxins in their bodies, which, to add insult to injury, further pollutes the mind and body.

  • Robert

    You’ve been sold on the idea that you “need” these by doctors who have a financial stake in doing so. Again, as the article mentions, there is no pathology that can show a mental illness. Without pathology, the diagnosis is simply a guess… a stab in the dark. Sunlight, fresh air, exercise and a plant-based diet will do you more good than the drugs the quackery is pushing and it won’t cost you a dime for the diagnosis or the cure. God bless!

  • Robert

    And don’t forget… once we’re stigmatized with a “mental illness” and on their pharmaceuticals, it makes it far easier to take away our second amendment rights.

  • Marie

    Dora – I agree with Robert. Did the “doctor” who prescribed your medication give you any tests or ask you about your diet and exercise? There have been many studies done on the mind-body connection. If your body is not getting what it needs nutritionally and exercise-wise, your brain/mind cannot function properly. I encourage you to make good use of Dr. Group’s site and others’ (Dr. Mercola, Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. Hyman to name a few). God Bless you in your search for health and peace.

  • Tannebaum

    Sorry, English is not my language. This is not BS.
    I was going to operation, to calm, psychiatrist prescrimed flonxol 1mg (neuroleptics). 6. Days later my full body went numb, then like bomb exbloded in my body, nerves hurted so much, lost conscious and when waked up my full body was still numb. I lost my walking ability, my body was numb. Now, year later, I learned walking but my full body is still numb. I can’t believe what happened to me.
    I told psychiatrist what happened and she says its all in my head and wanted to prescrib more neuroleptics. I was thinking to sue him, but this don’t bring back my health.
    They do no test, scans or anything before they drugg your brain. Its very dangerous what they to. They are no better than street dealers.

  • Georgia

    Psychiatry is the criminal arm of “health care”. These drugs contribute to suicide daily and these crimes should be prosecuted.

  • alex

    I was abused and abandoned as a child as well as losing my own children 4 years ago. All of it left me very traumatized and I was labeled PTSD and I also fit alot of the criteria for borderline personality disorder. I was given therapy that didnt help and then zoloft. One pill of zoloft made my pupils dilate, diarrhea, Severe panic, couldnt feel air move through my nose and couldnt feel my heartbeat although it was beating. All happening at once. I went to the ER and luckily it subsided. They tried to switch me to Wellbutrin but I didnt take it. I vowed never to take another psychiatric medication again. Maybe I was lucky. Better to have a reaction to one pill than permanent damage from years of them! I was also urged to take ritalin for add at age 13 but I refused. I knew it was unnecessary, my grades were great and my behavior was ok other than being a bit too talkative in class, but I had plenty of partners in crime lol. Now I am 30 still with trauma issues but slowly improving on its own. Psych meds are not the solution for me…

  • alex

    Oh yes. When I feel suicidal thoughts coming, I cope with it on my own, talk myself out of it and do something positive, meditate etc. I know darn well if I check into a hospital they may not let me out when I feel better, usually within a day or less. They can keep you against your will if they label you a danger to yourself. They can also medicate you against your will during an “emergency”. These drugs are often habit forming, your body becomes dependant on them and you may not be able to stop taking them so easily. All the while causing weight gain and possible health issues. Sounds like the mental health system is more depressing than mental illness itself.

  • alex

    Sue them anyway or atleast the drug company. She is afraid that why she lies and says its in your head. Get a personal injury lawyer before its too late. Good luck.

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  • Ellie

    Spot on Robert as well as the Doctors will receive kick backs for prescribing you the medication, side effects of such SSRI’s can come with some life altering bad reactions which leads you right back to the Dr’s office for more meds and a rapidly deteriorating patient. It’s the saddest and sickest industry on the planet. There is not decency in medical practice any more it’s all about capitalizing off of their patients regardless of their well being or quality of life. I feel for those who have fallen victim to this unjust system. I was one of them and I can tell you this ignorance is bliss, in this world we live in today.

  • Ellie

    God Bless you Robert. It’s incredibly refreshing to hear someone who know what they are speaking of in terms of what has been proven and what has yet to be revealed. There is absolutely no lab work or substantial proof of a “mental illness” my father had practiced medicine and I’m so thankful he was not in the psychiatry field. True medicine is of evidence and proven methods of treatment.

  • Ellie

    Reading the thread of comments below of all of your trials and tribulations with these drugs prescribed and hardships endured are so inspiring and endearing. I would like to reach out to each and everyone one of you that you aren’t alone. I have a legal team that is prepared to take legal action not only against the Doctors and hospitals for what I have gone through and I encourage each and every one of you to do the same. By Gods grace and substantial evidence in court we win the suit I will be using the money to continue my education as a Civil Rights Attourney just to have under my belt to protect civil liberties and rights for all. I wish you all the very best and don’t let anyone try to tell you your insignificant in any way, every life matters and every person deserves a good quality of life. Be well, and take care.

  • Courtney Rose Fitzpatrick

    Among others, I agree 100% with #4. My boyfriend served 3 combat tours in the Middle East, and many of his friends returned with severe PTSD, only to be sent away from every visit to the V.A. with bottles and bottles of pills.

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  • Patrick Anarchy

    Psychiatrists and physicians always have tons of money invested into malpractice insurance because they know that their toxic treatments do sometimes in fact deform or harm people into permanent disability..
    I could always go back to school to learn a marketable jobskill… However, I cannot do that if I should somehow become permanently & painfully disabled by risking my health to toxic psychiatric drugs nevertheless my mental illness itself. I don’t trust psychiatrists or even most physicians anymore because they don’t care if they happen to harm their own patients because they easily get away with spreading
    lies & misinformation and are usually not held accountable for this under the law…. Doctors take a hypocritical oath not a hyppocratic one anymore… I was a CNA for several years and I was also raised by several nurses with over 30 years experience. Sometimes medical treatment is not worth the risk.

  • Danielle Stella

    Ive delt with Major Depressive Disorder since 13 and am now 26. Ive had consistently great treatment results having used 1 pill at 750 mgs or 2 pills is fine of a dietary supplement called GABA just once a month if needed. It helps your body produce GABA naturally, which turns out was the cause of my depression. Traditional medicine SSRI,SNRI’S and MAO’s have all failed me terribly I do not recommend going that route. Or therapy for that matter, doctors cant do anything about your personal problems. You have to face them yourself, that’s life. They do not care about you majority of the time.

  • Danielle Stella

    SSRI’s, SNRI’s and Maoi’s have all failed me. I take 1-2 750 mgs of a dietary supplement called GABA one a month if needed. It helps your body naturally produce GABA. Wich aids in deep sleep, anxiety, and depression. I highly recommend this for depression.

  • Donna Irvin

    Good for you Danielle! I had suffered for years after being on a psychoactive medication for just a few months myself when I was 17. I could not think anymore, follow a conversation, read with comprehension or even remember what I was just thinking. Also an uncharacteristic anger had come over me. I was suicidal. I got interested in nutrition at one point and even though it was very challenging to try to absorb the information since I would have to read a single sentence 5-10 times just to comprehend it. I mean I understood all the words and could read them but by the time I would get to the end of a sentence or a paragraph my mind was blank. So it was hard and it took some time to find the right information. But I eventually started taking a supplement for my memory which had GABA and the nutrients needed to help it cross the blood brain barrier in it. I took it for 6 months many years ago now and I have not had those problems since. As a pleasant side effect my anger vanished within 6 months also. I had a whole new lease on life and started reading everything interesting I could get my hands on. While my suicidal thoughts and feelings continued off and on for some years after getting my mind back as I say, being able to read and learn and grow I was able to find and implement helpful ways of reprogramming my mind, and finally rid myself of my despair. As an added bonus to that a life long low grade anxiety I had melted away with it. I think it scares a lot of people because it means switching from an external locus of control to an internal locus of control, taking personal responsibility for your situation, and even money out of pocket, time and effort. But it is well worth it, far more than any quick fix, solution in a Rx pill. Unhappiness in life can come from many sources, and is often just a matter of us needing to learn and grow, change relationships, change our work, diet and nutrition, our spiritual nourishment, exercise, etc. There are things in life we need to be well rounded and healthy. But fortunately, they don’t come in a prescription for a mind altering substance!

  • patty gail

    This i That was a real eye opener. I was privy to an autism seminar in Houston. Dr. Rimland spoke. It was an eye opener also. I am an RN and have had enough school to tell when a fox is in the chicken house.Dr. Rimland did a real informal survey of parents in attendance. Those parents who had an autistic child which started exhibiting autistic traits after getting the MMR vacine were asked to remain standing.The majority of the parents in attendance remained standing. That was the first time I say the relationship. Yea, you can do study after research study. Mostly funded by Lilly.of course a correlation was not found between MMR and Autism. In Statics class the professor instructed that a research study can show exactly what you want it to show. Then poor Lilly shipped all of their 10ml vials to third world countries. I am sure it was out of the kindness of their pocket books.
    Then today I read this article and it is spot on.
    I have nothing against the Doctors. I have used them for most of my sons life. They mean well. I have been in the trenches with the Residents. No human would get into this field if they wanted to hurt people.
    The pill manufacturers, they are in it for the dough. I blame it on people who continue to invest in them. Showing that spirit of keeping the stockholders happy. Who would invest in a company that did not give back? Oh yea, our government would.
    Seriously. My son has been on a lot of meds. Right now he is in jail because his behavior got, shall I say ,out of bounds.
    He quit taking his SEROQUEL because it elevated his Prolactin and decreased his testosterone. He was staying awake around four hours a day. It took his PCP to refer him to a specialist. The specialist called the Psychiatrist and lowered his dose. My son decided he could be his own Doctor. He quit it altogether. Then he got aggressive. Then the nice guys in blue took him to jail.
    Now I am left wondering if I get him out will he take his meds or will he be homeless. Jail doesn’t lesson stubbornness. Or does it?
    I feel as though I have drained my cup pf disappointment and sorrow.
    I have sought help and received it.
    I feel at this point in my life I have no where else to turn. My sister told me when this happens I must fall flat on my back and open my eyes to see the only real answer.

  • Elizabeth

    Brain scans for mental disorders aren’t currently accepted as anything other than experimentation. Otherwise I’d be able to get one done but I cannot because I’ve been told (by my PCP and psych doc) “all those brain scans were done during trials and studies”. Until they are accepted as evidence of mental disorders, we cannot include them IMO.

  • Elizabeth

    What about when brain scans that show that all these disorders look different from “normal” brains aren’t just being used in trials and studies? Would you accept it then that, at the least, these people’s brains are functioning different? I mean, would you accept proof that a bipolar brain, a depressive brain, etc is different from a healthy brain, when we have the scans to prove it? Or will it still be victim blaming? “You aren’t spending enough time outside” when they spend every day outside or they exercise every day but are still depressed… All that does is allow you to place blame onto these people who are suffering

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  • Cookie Sugar

    Okay ya this is a problem, however it’s not fair to criticize all cases of psychiatric drugs. They can save lives I have seen it and I have experienced it. I’ve been hospitalized for suicide/cutting three times now, and the most recent was caused by a bad med reaction I will admit. I was put on welbutrin xl and my body didn’t metabolize it or tolerate it well, so it instead made me a bit manic and insanely anxious. In addition to this I cut a bit too deep in a lot of spots, so they decided they wanted to hospitalize me since they were unsure of what would happen next. However before this had gotten to such a high level there were a ton of signs that it was not working. Even my dr suggested to stop it, but I was determined to keep going with it . She told me specifically to stop it and I didn’t listen, that’s why things got to a hospitalization level. After that experience I swore I was done with antidepressents because it freaked me out so bad. Since I was already in the hospital and they wanted to hold on to me for another week to make sure I actually felt okay and weren’t lying-so my parents decided I should try another med (they were sick of dealing with a depressed daughter). This time I still went with welbutrin(to me that sounded dumb but the drs seemed to know what they were talking about) but it was not the extended release form. My body tolerated that one just fine and I was sent on my merry way. Before welbutrin I had also tried: celexa, lexapro, Prozac, Zoloft, trazodone(theraputic level not just for sleep), and cymbalta. I went home thoroughly convinced that this would be just like the others, meaning I expected to feel no better and completely exausted. Finally after almost three years (grades 8-11) we had finally found something that worked. Before this we had tried countless natural things, accupuncture, adjusting my diet and exercise, different herbs and suppliments, and a crap ton of therapy-and got nothing. Sure I still need therapy, but my antidepressant has given me a better platform to work off of. I am currently also on a mood stabilizer, lamictal, hydroxyzine for anxiety, welbutrin, and concerta. After months of having a better mood with my other meds, I was still exausted, to the point of falling asleep in every single class of mine despite two cups of coffee. That’s what the concerta helped with (I also have adhd so it’s a combined effect there). I’ve really had my ups and downs and its been hard working through this, but we finally found something that has worked and it has literally saved my life. In my opinion the benefits way outnumber the risks.

  • Cookie Sugar

    “true medicine is of evidence and proven methods of treatment” well if that’s what everyones philosophy was we would be nowhere in medicine.

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  • Peanut

    Physical illness drugs also have side effects

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