Do antidepressants work?

Photo by Robert Brook/Science Photo Library Depression is a very complex disorder and we simply have no good evidence that antidepressants help sufferers to improve by Jacob Stegenga is a lecturer in philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Medical Nihilism (2018). He lives in Cambridge. Edited by Sam Haselby Your grief and guilt overwhelm you. You are so tired you cannot think straight. Your simple joys are lost in an invisible agony. You have pain in your head and back and stomach, real pain. The swamp of your soul suffocates you with despair. All this … Continue reading Do antidepressants work?

PLACEBOS CAN CURE DEPRESSION. SO WHY DON’T WE USE THEM MORE OFTEN?

by Isabelle Kohn Fake drugs have been shown to be at least as effective as antidepressants at treating mental illness, so why does your prescription still say ‘Prozac’? Katie Peabody held the glistening, impossibly airy Entenmann’s chocolate donut up to her mouth knowing one of two things were about to happen: Either she’d finish it and go about her day like nothing ever happened, or the chocolate in its sticky, mud-brown frosting would make her go blind. A doctor had warned her about the possibility of this side effect early on. It was 1988, and she was a research subject … Continue reading PLACEBOS CAN CURE DEPRESSION. SO WHY DON’T WE USE THEM MORE OFTEN?

IS ADDICTION THE RESULT OF A LACK OF A SENSE OF PURPOSE IN LIFE?

by Steve Taylor Ph.D., Guest Waking Times As you are no doubt aware, presently the United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic. There are many reasons for this—one of the most obvious being the reckless over-subscription of opiate-based painkillers by doctors, leading to dependency. But on a psychological level, we have to take into account the strong relationship between addiction and the lack of a sense of purpose. To some extent, addiction is the result of a lack of purpose. It’s partly the consequence of experiencing what the psychologist Viktor Frankl called the ‘existential vacuum’—feeling as though there is no purpose or meaning … Continue reading IS ADDICTION THE RESULT OF A LACK OF A SENSE OF PURPOSE IN LIFE?

8 Ways To Have Better Sex While Taking Antidepressants

Mitchell Wessels / Getty Images Some antidepressants have sexual side effects like a loss of libido or difficulty with orgasms. by Lauren Strapagiel Antidepressants can be lifesavers but some of them can also, quite literally, be boner killers. A whole lot of us are taking antidepressants — almost 13% of teens and adults in the US, according to a report released in 2017 by the National Center for Health Statistics. One side effect of some of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants is what doctors would call sexual dysfunction. But for those who experience it, it might as well be called ruining something … Continue reading 8 Ways To Have Better Sex While Taking Antidepressants

Big Pharma’s dangerous drugs are now killing more people than guns or automobile accidents

by: Vicki Batts (Natural News) New statistics from the National Institutes of Health show that more than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses during 2017. Of those, a staggering 49,060 people are said to have died as a result of opioid abuse. The opioid pain-reliever is one of Big Pharma’s most profitable cash-cows, and now, American citizens are paying the price — with their lives. Annual death tolls from opioids alone are now exceeding deaths from car accidents (40,100), fatal shootings (15,549), homicides (17,284) and even suicide (almost 45,000). All told, about 200 people died an opioid-related death everyday in 2017. Earlier … Continue reading Big Pharma’s dangerous drugs are now killing more people than guns or automobile accidents

COMING OFF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS? – WELCOME TO HELL

Posted by Soren Dreier Author: Mol Millions of people face severe side-effects when trying to come off anti-depressants, a major review has concluded. For years health officials have played down the difficulty of withdrawing from antidepressants, insisting side-effects are ‘mild’ and last no more than a week or two. But a review of medical evidence today shows 56 per cent of people suffer withdrawal effects if they try to come off the drugs. The worst-hit experience nausea, anxiety, insomnia and agitation, with many people put back on antidepressants as doctors mistake the symptoms for a relapse of depression itself. The issue is … Continue reading COMING OFF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS? – WELCOME TO HELL

The vagina is self-cleaning – so why does the ‘feminine hygiene’ industry exist?

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  ‘Show me a sanitary pad or a tampon campaign that does not use the word “fresh” and I will swallow a bottle of vinegar douche.’ Illustration: Bárbara Malagoli From talcum powder to jade eggs and douches, an industry has grown up to sell products – some of which are harmful – that play on women’s fears about being dirty or smelly by Rose George Which of the following should go nowhere near your vagina: a penis, a finger, a tampon or talcum powder? According to a jury in Missouri in July, it is the talc: … Continue reading The vagina is self-cleaning – so why does the ‘feminine hygiene’ industry exist?