Every single year, millions upon millions of dollars are spent advertising one class of drugs as the end-all-be-all solution for mental health problems.
Leading the way in overall prescription rates are: antidepressants.
These drugs are meant to help address chemical imbalances in the brain, as well as to lift people out of depression, calm anxiety and rewire the brain.
While a decent number of people are able to take these drugs and make them work, millions more find themselves hopping from one pill to the next without ever finding the one that works for them.
And now a HUGE study published in one of the most well-respected medical journals in the world actually shows antidepressants not just to be ineffective, but potentially deadly.
In an article published in The Lancet, researchers wrote that when teenager and young adults take these drugs, not only do the drugs rarely help the affected individuals, but they can actually lead to an increase in suicidal thoughts and actions.
That’s not at all what Big Pharma wants to hear.
This is especially alarming considering the number of teenagers on antidepressants has risen almost 19% from 2005 to 2012.
So what’s going on? Why are antidepressants proving to be so harmful to teenagers?
It likely has everything to do with how these drugs hurt their developing brains.
Antidepressants Found To Hurt Teenage Brains
Roughly 3 million teens suffer from some kind of mental health issue.
I believe this likely has to do with environmental toxins, as well as a disruption in the gut/brain connection.
Regardless of what’s causing the increase in depression, what we see are high numbers of physicians dishing out prescriptions for antidepressants.
This is happening in spite of the FDA having a long running understanding of the dangers of antidepressants taken by teenagers.
Since 2004, the FDA has warned antidepressants should be used sparingly by people under the age of 24.
And yet, these are being prescribed very loosely all across the nation.
This study was able to demonstrate most of the antidepressants on the market were both ineffective at helping treat teen depression, and were actually quite risky.
Only 1 out of the 14 antidepressants studied was shown to be “worth the risk.”
CBS News reported on this ground breaking study:
[Researchers] conducted a systematic review and analysis of all published and unpublished randomized clinical trials comparing the effects of 14 antidepressants in young people with major depressive disorder. The final analysis included 34 trials involving 5,260 participants.
They assessed the drugs on efficacy, tolerability (how many patients stopped taking them due to adverse events), acceptability (discontinuation due to any cause), and associated serious harms like suicidal thoughts and attempts.
The results showed that fluoxetine was the only antidepressant where the benefits outweighed the risks. Nortriptyline (sold as Pamelor) was “significantly less effective” than seven other antidepressants and a placebo pill. Imipramine (Tofranil), venlafaxine, and duloxetine (Cymbalta) were lowest rated for tolerability. Venlafaxine was also linked with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or attempts.
This basically confirms what many in the alternative health industry have long suspected.
Now that you’ve read that, you might be surprised to know this shocking statistic about antidepressants…
One of the fastest growing segments of the population to receive prescriptions for antidepressants isn’t teenagers…
It’s children under the age of 5!
Seeing as how dangerous antidepressants are for teenagers, do you imagine they’re going to be better for children of this age?