You have probably seen advertisements for pharmaceuticals both online and on television, and you have probably noticed that the side effects mentioned in these advertisements (which have to be disclosed for legal reasons) sometimes seem worse than the original problem that the drug is advertised to treat. Sometimes they are downright scary.
Unfortunately, one of the most widely-used classes of pharmaceuticals may be having a scary effect on it’s users. In fact, that effect is the exact opposite of what those drugs are intended to do. Naturalnews.com notes,
“New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant jump in the suicide rate in America in the years from 1999 to 2014. The rise has been particularly sharp among women and girls. Is it any coincidence that the percentage of Americans who take antidepressants nearly doubled during the same period?
“Some parties with vested interests in Big Pharma are trying to blame this increase on the “black box” warning labels that were introduced by the FDA in 2004. These labels warn that the drugs increase the suicide risk in young adults and children, and some people are saying that these warnings are scaring people away from taking antidepressants and that is the real cause of the rise in suicide.
“However, it’s important to take a look at exactly who is saying this. For example, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)’s Christine Moutier has not been shy about blaming the warnings for suicides. Her motivation is clear: Her organization, the AFSP, has financial and other connections to pharmaceutical companies, a fact that was not disclosed when CNN quoted her criticism of the labels in a recent piece.”
So, essentially, there is a correlation between the increase in suicide deaths of teen girls and the use of antidepressants. To be clear, this correlation hasn’t been studied (that we know of) to determine definitely if there is a causation connection between increased use of antidepressants and increased rate of suicide so we can’t say definitively that this is the case, however, in light of this disturbing relationship, other forms of mood control may be worth investigating.
Among some of the most effective (and safest) methods of mood control are increased daily exposure to sunlight, regular physical exercise, and increased time in nature instead of strictly man-made environments. All three of these have documented positive effect on mood and (that we know of) no known connection to an increase in suicide rates. Plus, they have the added benefit of potentially being free (depending on how you choose to exercise).