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A Bipolar Warning

As if there weren't enough reasons to avoid psychotropic medications, I found another one in, of all places, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 4 TR), considered the Bible for secular mental health professionals.

The use of antidepressant medication may cause Bipolar 1 and related disorders in some individuals.

Bipolar means that, in addition to periods of depression, you also have manic symptoms like racing thoughts, pressured speech, inability to concentrate, "inflated self esteem or grandiosity" and "excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., engaging in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments)."1

Here's the quotes: "Symptoms like those seen in a Manic Episode may be due to the direct effects of antidepressant medication . . ." "Some evidence suggests that there may be a bipolar 'diathesis' (constitutional tendency) in individuals who develop manic-like episodes following somatic (bodily) treatment for depression. Such individuals may have an increased likelihood of future Manic, Mixed (mania and depression), or Hypomanic (not as bad) Episodes that are not related to substances or somatic treatments for depression. This may be an especially important consideration in children and adolescents."2 I guess so.

In other words some people, treated with antidepressants, may develop Bipolar and similar disorders as a result of the medication their doctor prescribes. And the manic symptoms may not go away even if the medication is discontinued!

Just one more reason to stay away from psychotropic drugs unless they are really necessary.

1 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 4 TR). Page 362.

2 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 4 TR). Pages 358-359. Italics added.

 

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