Originally designed for those deemed “schizophrenic,” the drug companies came up with a brilliant marketing campaign to sell these drugs to a much wider market—unsatisfied antidepressant users.
Understanding what I’ve learned will protect you from the flood of side effects that are now being discovered at breakneck speeds, courtesy of the myriad of patients taking them in the name of mental health.
Antidepressants strive to increase the levels of a “coping” molecule known as serotonin in the brain.
It supposedly helps us find happiness when it’s covered in an avalanche of nastiness. Still, the drugs attempt to boost serotonin by “selectively” stopping the “reuptake” among brain cells.
This is where the whole SSRI acronym came from – “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.” It’s a slick name, but a stupid idea. While trying to block the reuptake of serotonin, antidepressants can also prevent its release and that of another brain compound known as dopamine.
Physical side effects occur too and include abnormal bleeding, birth defects, heart attack, seizures and sudden death.