This is a conundrum for the makers of antidepressants and the doctors prescribing them; the effects of lowered serotonin levels aren’t pretty, particularly on people with already low levels. According to researchers, “lower serotonin function and impulsive/aggressive traits are associated with suicidal acts, including completed suicide.” Autopsies of suicide victims have also found lowered levels of serotonin in the frontal cortex region of the brain, compared to those who died of other causes.
After years of antidepressants being associated with increased suicide risks and aggressive behavior, we may finally know why. Now, it’d be interesting to learn if the drugs were having this “opposite effect” on all of people who have killed themselves and others while on the drugs. Perhaps, they were having this “opposite effect” on Eric Harris before he was inspired to shoot his classmates at Columbine. It’s likely that a lot of people with missing loved ones would like these answers too.
Aside from speaking loudly about the dangers of antidepressants – the most widely prescribed drugs in the nation – this should tell you something else pretty clearly too. Doctors and drug companies who call themselves authorities on health often have no idea what their drugs are doing to the people who take them.
You’d think at some point during the years of “gold standard” clinical trails the fact that these drugs were having the exact opposite effect as intended on half of the people taking them would have come out. This really points to some pretty glaring deficiencies in the gold standard and all those connected with the process. It should also be a wake up call to anyone taking any pharmaceutical drug that you’re simply a guinea pig of the chemical-driven drug companies – no matter what drug you’re taking.
In 2008, 164 million prescriptions were written for antidepressant drugs.