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Antidepressants: A deadly treatment?

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The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, allegedly the intentional act of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, and the deaths of all 150 people on board is indeed a tragedy. But, some good may come out of it if it induces people to take another look at those substances the pharmaceutical industry calls “antidepressants.”

The link between antidepressants and violence, including suicide and homicide, is well established…

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“I’ve lost so much:” How Abilify became the best-selling drug in America

600px-Abilify®_(aripiprazole)_10mg“Psychiatry has destroyed my life in so many ways.”

So says Jarrett, a young man from Orange County, who for the past three and half years has been taking a cocktail of various psychiatric medications, including America’s best-selling drug, Abilify.

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The churches of Port Deposit

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Saint Michael’s

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES 18 October 2014 The Christ Church of Saint Michael’s Parish (a parish of the Anglican church) was built in 1672 on the banks of what was then known as Shipping Creek (now the Miles River) in Talbot County Maryland. The town of Saint Michael’s was founded in 1775 on 20 acres of land purchased by James Braddock. Once upon a time the town was a major center for the packaging and distribution of seafood, but those days are long gone. Today its principle industry would appear to be the processing of tourists. I mean that in the nicest possible way, having just spent a pleasant afternoon there. (more…)

Paying for the illusion of cheating death

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Anyone who wants to know why health care costs continue to soar need look no further than the recent recommendation by the American Cancer Society that current and former heavy smokers discuss lung cancer screening with their doctors…

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A walking nightmare: Antidepressants and suicidality

800px-Prozac_pills_cropped“It’s like being in a torture chamber all your life.”

That’s how Brenda, a young woman from the southeast of England, describes her experience with prescription antidepressants…

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Torn to shreds: The unheralded epidemic of disease and death wrought by benzodiazepines

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“Now that I’m dependent on these benzos I’ve lost everything I’ve had in my life.”

So says George, a young man who was prescribed Ativan and Klonopin for anxiety.

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