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Re: Better to be off these potentially harmful meds or

Posted by JohnX2 on June 7, 2002, at 23:53:23

In reply to Better to be off these potentially harmful meds or, posted by bookgurl99 on June 7, 2002, at 8:27:53

> . . . to keep taking them in order to stay functional?
> We _know_ that in 10-30 years, when something new comes along, they'll acknowledge the damage current drugs have done
> Is it best to stay on them to have a quality of life NOW? Or to get off and avoid the risks, the unknown damage?

Untreated depression many times has classical makers of higher than
normal circulating levels of cortisol. This is toxic to
the hippocampus in the brain. Not to mention all the other
adverse affects of dysruptions in the HPA (hypothalamus
pituitary-adrenal) that occur during a depression which
can have indirect adverse effects all over the body.

Therepeutic antidepressants have been shown to normalize a lot
of these functions.

So, yes the ADs may be doing some damaging things we don't know
about, but one could also argue that they preserve health
beyond the depression or whatever they are treating.





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