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my essay on antidepressants(under construction)Category: (general)
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
10:03:18 PM (GMT)
start with an ad or a story
-working thesis statement:
	Advertisement for pharmaceutical products, particularly antidepressants encourage
consumers to self diagnose rather then allowing to diagnose. The drug companies like
_________________________________ are interested in selling their products rather
then actually helping patients with depression. The ads have led to improper use of
medication, which has led to serious consequences. As a result, drug companies should
not be allowed to advertise to the general public; rather drug companies should only
focus advertising of their products to the doctors themselves.
  para 1: the purpose of antidepressants.what is depression.how is it
treated.cognative therapy may be better.can become immune to meds,
	-DSM IV (evidence)
para 2: ads cause consumers to self diagnose
           -evidence(source)
           -explain
 para 3: drug companies are interested in making money, not treating illnesses
           -(evidence)=>look to an ad
           -explain       
           -deconstruct the ads-the underlying message is that taking the product
leads to happiness
 para 4: ads for antidepressants dont release all of the important medical
information for patients
	-the warnings are in small print and they are in the really fast voices in the
commercials
 para 5: ads have led to improper use of meds
           -find an example
           -explain
 para 6:conclusion
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While they do not cure depression, antidepressant medications make it possible to
enjoy a better quality of life.
If one stops taking their antidepressant medicine, their depression will return and
in some instances become worse. 
Because antidepressants only treat the symptoms of depression, they do not cure
depression. Medications lighten your mood and make you feel 'happy', but the real
cause of your depression remains.
Only about one-third of those taking antidepressants get any effective relief.
For a true depression cure to occur, the root cause of stress and thus depression
triggers must be identified and dealt with. It is for this reason that
antidepressants cannot provide a cure for depression. 
Most successes in warding off depression have been achieved by talk therapy.
http://www.depression-help-treatment.com/depression-cure.html
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Depression comes from depressing your emotions. It can be mild, or it can be HEAVY. 
Real depression feels like a heavy weight pressing down on you. It presses on your
body and your mind. 
The color gets washed out of the world. Everything looks gray. You feel apathetic.
(Although apathy comes without depression also.) Life seems hopeless. You’re always
walking uphill. Everything takes so much effort. 
That’s real depression. 
Sometimes real depression crosses a line. Then it truly becomes an illness. 
Usually, true depression exists only as an emotion and a state of being. Other times
it crosses a line and then could be correctly classified as a disease. In these
occasional instances, short-term use of antidepressants may be warranted. 
antidepressants. They should only be the tool of last resort. 
The purpose of antidepressants is not to avoid dealing with your issues. You don’t
take meds to ‘feel better‘. You don’t take them to numb the pain. You take them
to save your life. 
You take them to give yourself a little breathing room when death seems the only sane
alternative. 
Their true purpose is to provide a temporary crutch in those rare instances when
you’re beyond feeling hollow and worthless. When you reach a point of total and
utter hopelessness. 
It’s a point somewhere beyond having nothing to live for. Many people believe they
have nothing to live for, but that doesn’t mean they all need antidepressants. 
Keep in mind that depression medications don’t cure mopey-ness, shame, self-pity or
pessimism. They don’t end the grieving or the guilt. They can’t stop you from
feeling sad nor help you from doubt and worry. Or if they do, it's only temporary
relief. 
They don’t take away the hurt you feel. At best they’ll hide it for a while. 
http://www.join-the-fun.com/depression-as-disease.html
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In a survey coming out Tuesday in the February issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 78
percent of primary-care physicians said they are asked by their patients for specific
drugs they've seen advertised on TV. The surveys, which involved 335 doctors and
39,090 people around the nation, found 67 percent of doctors concede that they at
least sometimes grant their patients' request.
The magazine reported 40 percent of doctors surveyed believe direct-to-consumer ads
by the pharmaceutical industry are a disservice to the public. It also found that 40
percent of patients turn to the Internet to research medical conditions.
Consumer Reports study also found that 41 percent of doctors feel patients are poorly
informed, even those who haul in pages of Googled research like legal briefs.
Broadcast and print advertisements accounted for some 94 percent of the $4.2 billion
spent in 2005 on direct-to-consumer drug ads, according to a recent report by the
federal Government Accountability Office. It said that such ads are increasing each
year by about 20 percent a year
http://www.ajc.com/health/content/health/stories/2007/01/08/0108meshmeds.html
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The studies examined were conducted between 1987 and 1999 andcovered Prozac, Paxil,
Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor. They found, on average, that placebos were 80
percent as effective as the drugs.
http://blog.prospect.org/blog/ezraklein/health_and_medicine/
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Finally Addressing a Serious, Long-Obvious Problem 
Since the advent of Prozac in 1988, it was obvious that in some people,
antidepressant medications could trigger extreme anxiety, physical agitation
(akathisia), impaired thought and concentration, impaired judgment, reduced impulse
control, and increased suicidal thinking and behavior.  Almost as soon as Prozac was
introduced, reports of these problems were swift and compelling.1-10  Although
thought and memory impairment could occur with earlier antidepressants such as Elavil
and Tofranil, the problems with Prozac seemed far different, far more worrisome, and
more frequent.  One of my first patients became psychotic after just three doses of
Prozac.  Another, a highly successful attorney, developed such severe panic attacks,
she couldn't function.

Reports from patients and letters from doctors to medical journals prompted a
Congressional hearing in the early 1990s.  It accomplished nothing, and the FDA and
drug companies subsequently avoided facing this issue until the British issued a
strong warning in March 2004.  Then we learned that drug companies had withheld
studies showing increased suicidal thinking in children and adolescents given
antidepressants.  This was followed by the revelation that the FDA had suppressed an
analysis by one of its own experts demonstrating the same antidepressant-suicidal
thinking link.  After public outrage, the FDA finally, albeit sixteen years late,
decided to take action.  But is the current action enough?
Finally Addressing a Serious, Long-Obvious Problem 
Since the advent of Prozac in 1988, it was obvious that in some people,
antidepressant medications could trigger extreme anxiety, physical agitation
(akathisia), impaired thought and concentration, impaired judgment, reduced impulse
control, and increased suicidal thinking and behavior.  Almost as soon as Prozac was
introduced, reports of these problems were swift and compelling.1-10  Although
thought and memory impairment could occur with earlier antidepressants such as Elavil
and Tofranil, the problems with Prozac seemed far different, far more worrisome, and
more frequent.  One of my first patients became psychotic after just three doses of
Prozac.  Another, a highly successful attorney, developed such severe panic attacks,
she couldn't function.

Reports from patients and letters from doctors to medical journals prompted a
Congressional hearing in the early 1990s.  It accomplished nothing, and the FDA and
drug companies subsequently avoided facing this issue until the British issued a
strong warning in March 2004.  Then we learned that drug companies had withheld
studies showing increased suicidal thinking in children and adolescents given
antidepressants.  This was followed by the revelation that the FDA had suppressed an
analysis by one of its own experts demonstrating the same antidepressant-suicidal
thinking link.  After public outrage, the FDA finally, albeit sixteen years late,
decided to take action.  But is the current action enough?
medication reactions are the #4 leading cause of death year after year.
Here is how to use antidepressants while minimizing the risk.  Except for severe
depressions, treatment should always begin with the lowest, effective doses.  This
means, for example, 5 mg or 10 mg of Prozac, 12.5 mg or 25 mg of Zoloft, or
equivalent lower doses of other antidepressants
http://www.medicationsense.com/articles/july_sept_04/black_box_warnings.html

Comments 
‹xXround~and~round~we~goXx› says:   12 March 2009   253599  
Interesting....your really smart
 
Xx_Fading_Fairytale_xX says:   15 March 2009   986564  
Thats really long. and It's really good.
 
‹Jenna; totally heels over head› says :   26 March 2009   918725  
Smartiee pants (:
I have to take antidepressants.
zanacks or somthing ://
 

 
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