Anti Depressants : A Cure For Clinical Depression And Anxiety

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No Worries? Anti-Depressants in America

In 1987, Eli Lilly introduced a pill known as Prozac to the market. Prozac was touted as a cure for clinical depression and anxiety. At the time, less than 1% of the population was diagnosed with anxiety or depression. Two short years after its launch, the number of prescriptions was already near 65,000. After five years it had 4.5 million users. By 2001, 40 million people were on Prozac and it accounted for 40 billion in profits during its peak in late 2001. (Antidepressants Prozac, PBS) Prozac changed the face of mental health treatment almost overnight. In 1987, few people would admit to having depression or anxiety. According to the National Center of Health Statistics (October 2011), one in ten Americans now take an antidepressant. A four hundred percent increase from 1988-1994 and 2005-2008. Twenty three percent of women age 40-50 now take, or have taken an antidepressant. Eleven percent of all Americans have taken or are currently using an antidepressant. (Antidepressants Prozac, PBS). Prozac belongs to a class of drugs known as SSRI, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. (Antidepressants Prozac, PBS). SSRI drugs pose a dangerous risk to society. SSRI drugs modify the amount of serotonin in the postsynaptic receptor area of our brain. These receptors are chemicals in the brain, which assist in the formation of electrochemical reactions which in turn modifies serotonin levels. Physicians believe that many mental…

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