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‘Half of adults regularly take prescription drugs including antidepressants, statins, and high blood pressure pills, a major report has found.

A record 1.1 million prescriptions were handed out last year, a rise of almost 50 per cent in the last decade.

One in seven adults are on statins, a tenth are taking antidepressants and one in seven are on pills to control their blood pressure.

The NHS’s Health Survey for England also uncovered alarming rates of inactivity, heavy drinking, dieting and poor mental health.

The survey involved 8,011 adults and is carried out every year to represent a snapshot of the population’s health and wellbeing.

Experts said the findings were a ‘wake-up call’ and blamed our high-pressured routines for making us unhealthy and miserable.

Doctors’ leaders were particularly worried about the high numbers of adults on prescription drugs, warning that many were ‘unnecessary.”

Read more: A nation of pill poppers: HALF of all adults in England are on prescription drugs for depression and heart disease, damning report reveals

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Something of pharmaceutical concern that the holistic/alternative medical community and the alternative press have been alleging for numerous years now, finally is being confirmed by a British Medical Journal paper published January 27, 2016.

Professor Peter C Gotzsche, MD, and several students published “Suicidality and aggression during antidepressant treatment: systematic review and meta-analyses based on clinical study reports” after reviewing and including 76 trials with 64,381 pages of clinical study reports for 18,526 patients—certainly not a small sampling!

What the researchers concluded from their extensive retrospective study of pharmaceutical trials dealing with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) was that for children and adolescents, the risks for suicidality and aggression doubled. What are some of the pharmaceuticals involved? Antidepressants Prozac® and its knock off-type drugs: Celexa®, Lexapro®, Luvox®, Paxil®, and Zoloft®, plus Effexor®, Remeron®, Serzone®, and Wellbutrin®.

What the BMJ paper’s authors concluded brings to mind that in many of the mass shootings and horrible events that have occurred in the USA in recent years, several of the perpetrators were known to have been taking, had been taking, or getting off mood altering prescription drugs.

MORE: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/ssris-and-antidepressants-increase-mental-health-issues-confirmed.html

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SSRIs: More Harm Than Good
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor ( SSRI )
Researchers found that antidepressants hinder serotonin regulation and can cause digestive problems, atypical sperm development, abnormal bleeding, stroke and premature death. Antidepressant manufacturers warn of side effects on drug labels though patients do not always consider how the side effects will affect their lives, according to the study authors.
Twenty-five years before Prozac, 1 in 10,000 of us per year was admitted for severe depressive disorder — melancholia. Today at any one point in time 1 in 10 of us are supposedly depressed and between 1 in 2 and 1 in 5 of us will be depressed over a lifetime. Around 1 in 10 pregnant women are on an antidepressant.
The number of prescriptions for antidepressants is increasing by 5-10% each year, while the figure for people starting each year remains the same. This means that there is an increase of 5% to 10% in the number of people hooked to antidepressants each year.

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Is depression manufactured? Two decades after the introduction of antidepressants, it’s become commonplace to assume that our sadness can be explained in terms of a disease called depression. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 14 million Americans suffer from major depression every year and more than three million suffer from minor depression. Some 30 million Americans take antidepressants at a cost of over $10 billion a year.

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