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    Long-term use of antidepressants turn a short-term illness into a chronic illness, Robert Whitaker


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    Sunday, June 19, 2016 10:45 am Email this article

    Long-term use of antidepressants turn a short-term illness into a chronic illness according to author and journalist Robert Whitaker as he noted in a 2010 interview that he did with Joseph Mercola, DO.

    He noted since most people recover from depression on their own, the initial rationale for using drugs was to see if they could help people recover faster.

    However, what doctors started noticing was that when depressed patients were given antidepressants, they were relapsing more frequently.

    So the question became are these drugs turning a short-term illness into a chronic illness?

    85% taking antidepressants relapse into depression

    Whitaker noted that only about 15% of patients given antidepressants stay well for a long period of time, whereas 85% have relapses and the depression becomes a chronic illness (because of the drugs).

    National Institute of Mental Health Found 85% of People Untreated Depression Were Better At the End of One Year

    Near the end of the interview, Robert Whitaker says that, “By the way, the NIMH [ National Institute of Mental Health ] looked at this in the late 1990’s what is the untreated course of major depression today and they found that those old epidemiological studies that showed that 85% were well at the end of the year, still held true.”

    In other words, 85% of people who are not given antidepressants are well at the end of a year.

    However, among people who are given antidepressants, only 15% stay well in the long run.

    So are long-term use of antidepressants helping people?

    Based on these numbers, it appears that long-term use of antidepressants are making things much worse for people, which is the finding of his book.

    In the 1990’s, Giovanni Fava Recognized that Antidepressants Were Changing Depression from a Short-Term Illness to a Long-Term Illness

    Whitaker says
        “… by the 1990s, this change in the long-term course of depression was so pronounced that finally it would be actually addressed by researchers and there was a guy named Giovanni Fava from Italy who said,
        ‘Hey, listen, the course is changing with antidepressants.
        ‘We’re changing it from an episodic illness to a chronic illness and we really need to address this.’
        “Not only that, the depression is sort of sinking into people in sort of a deeper way than before [ in people who are given these drugs ].”

        As [ Giovanni Fava from Italy ] said, it’s almost as if the drug sensitize people to depression long-term.

    American Psychiatric Association Admitted This Also

    Whitaker notes that even the American Psychiatric Association essentially admits this in their 1999 textbook noting that we used to think people would get well and that the long-term course of major depression was pretty favorable, but now, we’re seeing that’s it a chronic pernicious disease, but were talking about people given antidepressants, not people who were not treated with drugs.

    Harvard Researchers Says They Need to Look at This

    Robert Whitaker says, “A very famous psychopharmacologist named Ross Baldessarini at Harvard Medical School — He’s one of the fathers of psychopharmacology — who says,
        ‘We really need to investigate this.
        ‘This is what our research is showing.’

    He says, “It’s not pleasant to consider but we have to look at this.
        ‘Are these drugs depressogenic?
        [ That is, are these drugs CAUSING depression? ]”

    Psychiatrist from Columbia University Said No One Is Interested in This. Really?

    Robert Whitaker says,
        “... a psychiatrist at Columbia University named Donald Kline [ said ],
        ‘Listen, stop talking about this.
        ‘Nobody is interested in this question.
        ‘The FDA is not interested.
        ‘The NIMH [ National Institute of Mental Health ] is not interested.
        ‘Nobody is interested.
        ‘We’re just not going to investigate this and really you don’t see the research done that would investigate it.”

    Whitaker continues by saying,
        “And that’s the moment you can really see psychiatry sort of betraying its patients because here you have mainstream people writing about it seems like over the long-term where we’re turning depression into a chronic course that maybe these drugs in fact are depressogenic over the long-term.”

        [Obviously Dr. Kline from Columbia University said this because he was being paid by the drug companies. How immoral. How sickening.]

    Robert Whitaker’s Book

    Robert Whitaker is the author of the wonderful book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America .

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