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There’s A Drug For That

March 16, 2012 by  

There’s A Drug For That
PHOTOS.COM
Doctors are prescribing powerful antipsychotic drugs at alarming rates.

The pharmaceutical industry is pushing the use of atypical antipsychotic drugs like Seroquel, Zyprexa and Abilify on patients with no disabling mental illness more often than ever before.

The drugs are being prescribed by psychiatrists and primary-care doctors to treat conditions for which they were not intended, including anxiety, attention-deficit disorder, sleep difficulties, behavioral problems in toddlers and dementia. Until the past 10 years, the drugs were reserved for the approximately 3 percent of Americans with the most disabling mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and very severe depression.

These days, according to a report by The Washington Post, the drugs are being prescribed for things they are not even approved to treat. Many critics say the trend boils down to money.

“Antipsychotics are overused, overpriced and oversold,” said Allen Frances, former chair of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine.

The medical professional said that the drugs, which are designed to calm patients and to moderate the hallucinations and delusions of psychosis, are being used “promiscuously, recklessly” despite the possibility of serious side effects.

Recent reports show that more than 20 percent of Americans are currently taking antipsychotics.

In another development in the growing prescription drug culture, researchers now claim that the heart disease drug Propranolol may be able to eliminate racist attitudes, according to The Telegraph.

Experimental psychologist Dr. Sylvia Terbeck, from Oxford University, who led the study published in the journal Psychopharmacology, said: “Our results offer new evidence about the processes in the brain that shape implicit racial bias. Implicit racial bias can occur even in people with a sincere belief in equality. Given the key role that such implicit attitudes appear to play in discrimination against other ethnic groups, and the widespread use of propranolol for medical purposes, our findings are also of considerable ethical interest.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    It sure is swell to know that MDs care about us. How general practitioners became qualified to dispense psychotropics to kids is another matter. How psychiatrists found ways to hibernate in plain sight is also another matter.
    Apparently, what really matters is that the FDA’s high priests have blessed Big Pharma’s efforts to keep America drugged-out and happy. It keeps freshly-printed money moving, and it’s a sign that our protectors who live on pedestals know how to shuck and jive and almost remain invisible like the Wizard of Oz figure behind the curtain.

    • Ted Crawford

      Psychiarists are easily understood when we look to their most often quoted Guru, Sigmund Freud. Freud was a Cocain addicted homosexual, who’s one heterosexual thought involved his own Mother. How can truly sound principles be derived from such a source? I know, I know, Freud discovered new approches to things that often worked. I also know that an occasional good bisquit can be found in a garbage can. I would submit, however that it’s not the best place to seek the next meal!

    • Vigilant

      Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” like Orwell’s “1984,” were intended to be dire warnings of what could come to pass.

      Neither author, I imagine, ever expected that their works would be used as guidelines by government.

      • Average Joe

        “Neither author, I imagine, ever expected that their works would be used as guidelines by government.”

        ….Or that the masses would shrug it off as pure fantasy…just stories that they had to read in school at some point…

        The government took those books to heart…while the masses ignored the warnings.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Huxley gave a speech at Berkley where he said the book was based on plans that “they” the elite had for the rest of us. All planned out. Nice to know things are going right along with their plans. Guess I need to read the book for the rest of the blueprint.

    • Godisalive

      When in the hospital once, a Doctory put me on some sort of drug like that, deciding that I was in a depression when I wasn’t. That drug almost killed me & my family Doc was furious. He told me he knew I wasn’t depressed, ( he had only been my Doc for several years & knew me really well) & that even if I was, that was the last thing I needed to be taking.

      • Joe H

        Godisalive,
        If you go to a Dr. for severe pain, watch what the give you, also. they will sometimes use elavil or cymbalta which are BOTH anti-depressants that they say help pain meds manage your pain. The problem is they ARE anti depressants and can cause all kinds of side effects. Hyperhydrosis, which is massive sweats where you can go through 3 and 4 outfits a day, Heart palpatations, and in my case, caused me enough heart PAIN to convince a Dr. to run a catheter on me along with a stress test on my heart. I’m very vocal with my internist and she adresses EVERY concern I mention. She took me off the cymbalta, and bingo, the sweats stopped and the chest pains stopped as well!!

    • http://twitter.com/Bethsimmons5245 beth simmons (@Bethsimmons5245)

      Whenever you see a crazy gunman going nuts and killing a bunch of people, it is probably due to the fact that he/she is experiencing mania, psychosis and suicidal/homicidal ideation CAUSED by the psychotropics (anti-depressants). These drugs are highly addictive and toxic. Stopping this kind of medication suddenly can actually trigger the very actions that they are supposed to stop and even go further to intensify feelings of rage and anger. Check with http://www.ssristories.com and http://www.prescriptiondrugsarekillingus.blogspot.com.

  • Geiser Carol

    An interesting anecdote. Last Fall, when I went to see my eye doctor, I told him that I was not taking ANY prescription drugs. (by the way, I am 67 years) He looked at me completely aghast and repeated what I just told him. He then said that was impossible and I surely must be mistaken. Anyone who has reached the age of 67 surely has to be taking at least ONE prescribed drug. He opined that it is not possible to get to the “ripe age of 67″ without some kind of prescription to help that to occur.

    Yep folks…….we have a brainwashed medical community.

    By the way, I live a very healthy lifestyle by eating right and doing yoga 4 times a week.

    • http://bubbeezplace.com Roberta

      You go! My mom lived to be almost 94 and was only on one med that she began taking at the age of 86 – she took a blood pressure med, not because her blood pressure was high, but because her arteries were so thin, they wanted to reduce pressure so they wouldn’t break. I am almost 62 and only take aspirin and ibuprophen each once a day for my arthritis. I know, nobody can believe that either.

    • Margaret

      Geiser Carol, I Absolutely Agree with you, and I take my Hat off to you; and your doctor was probably Wondering How This One Fell through the Net !! Regards m.c.

    • Karolyn

      Me too – at 65. It is just amazing to me that it’s almost like a club. Everybody has to be on Something or you’re considered an outsider. I attribute it to the barrage of advertisements in all magazines, including PREVENTION (HA!) and all the TV ads. They have uneducated people clamoring for meds. My first line of attack for anything is to research it online and educate myself as to how to deal with any physical problems I might come up against. Currently, I only suffer from some hip problems that come from the arthritis that is so prevalent in my family. Even that is only a problem in the mornings. I drink an excellent green drink every day, don’t overeat, try to eat right, take D3, B100, C1000 x 2, asthaxanthin and have a positive outlook. I cringe when I hear people at work making doctor’s appointments for a cold or allergies.

      • Libertytrain

        Karolyn, I don’t take any prescriptions, keep up with the vitamins D3 and several other supplements and don’t need the doctor. I too, cringe when I hear all the people running to the doctor for essentially no reason.

      • Average Joe

        I am almost 56 now and at my last checkup, I suprised my endocrinologist (small tumor on my adrenal gland)…when she got to my medication page…it was blank, She said she had never seen that before…in 15 years…I was a first. I told her that if it would make her feel better…she could write down that I take an aspirin every day……lol

      • Vigilant

        Average Joe,

        Aspirin is the only synthetic drug I take, and I’m 65 years old.

        I’ve always had a 3-day rule: If it’s still getting worse after three days, I go see a doctor.

        I’ve also admitted that I’d have to have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel before I’d ever go to a doctor. The problem today is that the doctors are the ones putting the banana peel under that other foot.

        I haven’t been to a doctor since my NATO retirement physical in 2006.

  • Bob Johnson

    Drug companies want to get their investment back, the only way to do that is to push pills to the max.

    • s c

      It would be different, Bob, if the miserable, money-grubbing filth at Big Pharma didn’t insist that all drugs were man-made. It’s still a semi-secret that most drugs don’t work (especially chemotherapy).
      The AMA, the FDA and Big Pharma are engaged in an all-out war on the American people. Their voodoo science is balanced on a two-legged stool, and it’s just a matter of time before the damned thing collapses. In the interim, THEY get filthy rich off our misery, and we get to live with side-effects and poor health. They’re anything BUT our “friends,” Bob.

  • http://www.google.com james hornspackle

    My Dr. Mentioned seroquel the other day when briefly complainrd about a lact of sleep. I said no, that drug make people stupid and drool. She looked at me with a “thats the point” look.

  • Carolyn Cummings

    Not only are they pushing these drugs on adults they use them on our children for everything from ADHD to sleep problems. Then when the side affects are shown in the child they say ” those drugs don’t have that side affect in children”. Been fighting them on this for 14 years.

    • Karolyn

      Not only that, but children brought up on ADHD medications look at drugs to be something good and can contribute to drug abuse. They believe that there’s a drug for anything that ails you. Why bother taking responsibility for their own health when there’s a doctor god who will take care of them.

      • Ted Crawford

        Karolyn, ou and i seldom agree, but you are absolutely correct on this one! Thank You!

  • Andy

    My father was slowly killed by Seroquel. They turned him into a zombie and dosed him till he stroked out. He hade dementia but was harmless. According to the staff he was a pest so they drugged him to the point he could not function.

    • http://twitter.com/Bethsimmons5245 beth simmons (@Bethsimmons5245)

      I am so sorry about your father. My son-in-law was poisoned by Cymbalta and a host of other meds. He took his life. These drugs are dangerous to the patients and to the general public. Many multiple shootings are because the person is on or has just come off these psychotropics (anti-depressants)….www.ssristories.com and http://www.prescriptiondrugsarekillingus.blogspot.com.

  • hambone

    It’s all apart of turning people into zombies. IF they don’t have the mind to think for themselves then they can’t be a threat.

  • FreedomFighter

    When SHTF these people are going to go psycho-Zombie on everyone.

    Buy more Ammo.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Ellen

    Our medical system is a disaster. Doctors are taught to treat the most prominent symptom with a drug. They don’t look for the actual disease or medical issue causing symptoms. If we used this thinking years ago, we’d treat strep infections with Advil. That lowers the fever and pain in the throat. Of course, it does nothing to kill the strep bacteria. If you have a medical problem that takes some thinking to diagnose, you’re out of luck. Your doctor has 8 minutes to listen to your complaints and make a decision. He’ll usually order some tests, but tests are highly unreliable and often he doesn’t order the right tests. But, you’ll walk out of his office with a prescription. If his tests don’t provide any info, you’ll get a call or letter saying your test results were normal. It’s up to you to keep pursuing your problem, because your doctor hopes you just won’t come back to him about this problem. Our medical schools have been corrupted by Big Pharm and our doctors are no longer taught what they need to know in order to diagnose diseases.

  • bruce

    Wait a minute. “20% of Americans are currently taking antipsychotics.” I call bull—-.

  • Donald York

    Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton need some of that propranolol. They are racist to the bone.

    • s c

      Donald, the solution to people like Jackson and Sharpton won’t require drugs. It will come in the form of Hispanics who will “replace” blacks as America’s ‘most favored’ ethnic minority [majority, actually]. I can almost hear the screaming now.
      WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE’S A NEW KID IN TOWN? LOOK WHAT WE DID FOR ‘Democrats’ FOR ALL THESE YEARS. YOU CAN’T DO THAT! WE GOT FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES! WE O W N THE RACE CARD!
      Oh, well, Rev. Nothing lasts forever in this life.
      You’ll have to excuse me, Donald, if I look at it as a wonderful example of poetic justice and living proof that CHARACTER makes a difference – regardless of what career criminal politicians try to do to America.

  • traderphil

    You folks actually want to INCREASE your spending on your “Health” system, KNOWING it has created more Pharmaceutical ADDICTIONS(plus the street use, which is rampant) and NOT helped reduce disease at all, it has, in fact, INCREASED the ratio of degenerative diseases/capita to the HIGHEST IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD~!! The NEUROLOGICAL damage is unbelievable!!! Man-made TOXINS that have side effects beyond belief!!! And you folks want MORE of it??????

  • Raggs

    This may explain why oblama is such an idiot?

  • roberta

    YES I AGREE I LIVE IN KY AND EVERYBODY YOU TALK TO IS EITHER BI POLAR OR SOMEONE IN THEIR FAMILY IS AND THEY ARE ON DISABILITY i say if they were off these drugs and got out and worked and had a life most of them would not be in the position they are in they are not depressed or bipolar or were not before they were put on meds i would say 80% of the people in ky are on some kind of medication my dr had me on lexapro then prestique i took myself off all the meds i was on changed my diet and started exercising i feel great i work 2 jobs and take care of myself think twice before you start taking all those meds they are lining their pockets with cash from your health downfalls

    • Gersheps

      Here in Maine, we have the same situation: Everybody is bi-polar, psychotic, etc. If these people really ARE in such bad shape, it has to be from all the Inbreeding. If not, they are faking these “Conditions” to get Pills free of Charge from Medicaid. I suspect it is a Combination of both.

  • Lynette Richards

    My daughter has a friend, who as a child was pretty normal. Then at about 16 years of age, her mother took her to a doctor. First he decided she was depressed and gave her depression medicine, then she couldn’t sleep, so he added another pill to make her sleep, then she started having anxiety attacks, so another pill for that. Now a different doctor has decided that she has split personality and giving her meds for that (she only started hearing these ‘voices’ in her head after being given all these different medications). The poor girl is really messed up now. She can’t work cause of all her ‘problems’ and just sits at home getting heavier and heavier all the time. She can’t remember anything for very long cause the meds make her forget things. It’s sad, but she used to be a normal kid, now she is a basket case that hears ‘voices’. It’s truly amazing what doctors have done for her, they made her into a person totally dependent on the next pill to survive.

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