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Depression board

dorothy, have you ever read anything by Dr. Peter Breggin? In his book, The Antidepressant Fact Book, What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Luvox (and now Lexapro), he explains how the evidence is piling up that SSRIs cause brain damage. He says that nothing reinforces depression more than having one's brain befuddled by psychiatric drugs, unless it's having one's mind befuddlged by false ideas about the biological or genetic origin of suffering.

A few examples of SSRI induced brain damage are: Hyperserotonemia, such as the lifethreatening condition the Serotonin Syndrome, Epileptiform Discharges, Epileptic Seizures and/or Epilepsy, Hypoglycaemia/Hyperglycemia (Low/Elevated Blood Sugar Imbalance), Stroke/Hemorrhagic Syndromes, Frontal Lobe Syndrome, Tardive Dyskinesia/Dystonia, Parkinsonism, Akathisia, Mania, amnesia, partial or total, etc...

My sister now lives with permanent brain damage caused by Paxil. It caused her, after 3 days on the drug, to have a massive brain bleed. Glaxo calls it "cerebrovascular accident" and reports it to be a rare problem, although they've always called the withdrawal problem rare too, only experience, they say, by .2%. That's only 2 in 1,000. Anyone who knows anything about Paxil, knows that the number they report is laughably inaccurate. I asked a question on just one stroke site once, looking for others who may have been on Paxil when they had their stroke. Mind you, this was just about Paxil, not to mention the other SSRIs. Within a few months, I got nearly 50 letters from others who had been on Paxil and wanted more information. Some letters were from loved ones. Except for 2, the victims were all atypical stroke candidates - under 50, thin, non-smokers.

The memory loss is very, very common and can be long-lasting. Like everyone here keeps saying, drugs affect everyone differently, and not everyone has every problem, but the chance of memory loss is very good.

Damaging the brain to impair brain function lies at the heart of all the physical treatments in psychiatry.