Pharmaceutical Companies and PTSD
Want to know why the pharmaceutical industry is the most profitable one in the world? According to the Centers for Disease Control 48.7% of all Americans use at least one prescription drug. Drug companies spend 19 times more on marketing and lobbying politicians than they do on research and development.
Mind-altering drugs are now routinely prescribed by doctors for a vast host of human experiences that people in the past lived with, or received support for from people around them. Drugs are prescribed for aggressive children, smoking, bed wetting, alleged eating disorders, learning challenges, and criminal behavior, to name a few.
From 1996 to 2005 the drug industry increased their marketing of these drugs between 300 – 500%. It is much more profitable for physicians to prescribe antidepressant drugs than to offer psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, EMDR, acupuncture or other alternative methods of treatment that have been shown to be more effective in the long run.
Increasing numbers of research studies are showing that antidepressants are not much more effective than placebo pills (pills with no medical effects). A retrospective analysis of all FDA clinical trials for four antidepressant drugs found that they didn’t perform significantly better than placebos in treating mild or moderate depression, and the benefits of the drugs were “relatively small even for severely depressed patients”.
Not only are these drugs less effective than touted by those who sell them, they are also proven to increase suicide and violent behavior in many people taking them. Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Prozac did a retrospective study of people in Germany taking Prozac who had committed suicide. The study showed that people taking this drug were six times more likely to kill themselves than people taking placebos or older antidepressant drugs. According to investigator Peter Breggin, M.D., Eli Lilly hid these findings from the German agency and the US FDA.