With over $14 billion in sales during 2008, antipsychotic drugs became the single top-selling class of prescription drugs in the United States. It is no joke that psychological disorders and their controversial treatment has jumped to the forefront in the medical revolution. Parents are being told that their kids need drugs to treat seemingly inoccuous problems like attention in school or hyperactivity. Old people are being sanctioned with dementia, convinced or forced to take the same class of drugs previously reserved for schizophrenics. Historic nuances from anxiety to insomnia are being reclassified by tendentious Big Pharma companies, demanding your money in exchange for their drugs.
But are they safe?
Anybody with half a brain cell understands the massive influence Big Pharma lobbying plays against the minds of American doctors. They are teased with expensive vacations, research funding, or just straight bribery in exchange for endorsing their latest drugs. Psychiatry is an almost too perfect industry for the corruption of Big Pharma. Diagnoses are very subjective, and based little on hard medical evidence like a typical doctor treatment. This leaves enormous room for the psychiatrist to exercise his own opinion (or his overlord Big Pharma’s) in the case of all his clients. Giant companies like Pfizer are veritably accused on an almost daily basis for countless attempts at pressuring doctors into over-prescribing their medications or endorsing more controversial ones.
Has this explosion of psychoactive drugs actually helped? During this same time period, the number of those with mental disorders has actuallyincreased by about two and a half times. Shouldn’t we expect the prevalence of mental illness to be declining? For children, the matter is even more distressing: mental illness has risen35 fold. Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children. Has it always been this fucked up? Or is it something deeper; something private corporations have been exploiting for quite some time.
Psychiatrists are prescribing more and more drugs as a treatment for their clients. The question about Big Pharma influence is not when, but how much. The effects on the industry is obvious. They have worked their way into juvenile jail systems, where prisoners are drowned in psychoactive drugs such as Seroquel for things such as trivial as a minor headache. Big Pharma is pressuring doctors into prescribing their drugs for off-label uses. They are being told to downplay the often vicious side-effects while focusing on the supposed “benefits”.
More and more research shows that these drugs are ineffective, if not counterproductive to the treatment of psychological disorders. Reporters are finding it easier than ever to expose the track-record of doctors and researchers that have been bribed or influenced by Big Pharma. I hope everyone gets more careful about these things until medicine finds a better way.
I hate overdramatic hypocrites. Don’t act like your life is a tragedy when everyone around you fucking adores you 24/7 every year of your life. It sickens me how you can absorb so much love, not in the normal way, but like a black hole. Then you blame others for not showing enough ねぎらい.
You refuse to initiate conversations, but when we don’t talk for months, you act like I’ve been ignoring you, when in reality, I’m close to giving up on you.
I’ve seen a lot of faith-based tumblrs lately, and I just wanted to put my perspective out there too.
I believe there is no higher being/ no god. I believe there is no heaven or hell after I die. There is nothing. With no brain or body, I have no concept of time and it’s passing. It’s not that I would be somewhere out in space; I wouldn’t be at all. I would have no use for my body; it has no further purpose. I wouldn’t hesitate to donate it to science.
As for the origins of the universe, life, etc., there eventually will be some scientific explanation. Many “miracles” named by various religions have been explained by science, mainly physics. In recent centuries, more so. As our species advances, these discoveries come more often in exponential frequency. We already have a few very good theories on the origin of life (I can’t swallow the idea of intelligent design).
The only purpose religion has that I can see is to provide a moral compass for those who are incapable of producing one on their own. If you feel that people cannot be good and productive individuals without god, then you are sadly ignorant. Religion gives people the idea that there is a certain purpose to life. Yes, there is a purpose to life, but usually (not always) religions preach the wrong one. Besides, it takes the fun out of life if someone just hands you the answer.
The meaning of life is to give life meaning.
Note: Everything written above are my beliefs at the time of writing it. For the reader’s sake, I ommited “I believe” from all the sentences; it’s currently impossible to know anything for sure.
It’s nights like these that really fuel me to keep progressing, evolving, and maturing in life. Today, I really learned the irrelevance of religion in the goal of having good morals. I learned that I can’t stand willing ignorance. Someone who repeats lies to themselves to make themselves feel better just disgusts me. The truth is right in front of you, yet you choose to look down at your feet. See it and accept it, or live in your own worthless, fantasy world.
Amy Winehouse dies and media goes crazy. Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matthew Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27, Dave Santos 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew Johnson 21, Zachary Fisher 24, Brandon King 23, Christophe Goeke 23, and Sheldon Tate 27: Are all Marines that gave their lives this week for you. There is no media for them, I wonder why. Honor them & repost. RIP Warriors.
11 Powerful Ways to Expand Your Mind: It’s interesting to note that expanding your mind doesn’t mean your skull is going to become larger or that your brain is going to grow. What happens is our brain becomes denser with neuronal connections, which facilitates both more memory, and speed of retrieval.
11. Reading. As I mentioned in the introduction, by reading we are able to input countless years of experience, creativity, knowledge, and wisdom into our minds in a matter of hours. One should be careful not to pollute their mind by reading the wrong information. This is why I find it important to read books written by people that have accomplished something I want, or that I admire in some way. (Ex: Zen To Done)
10. Writing. Writing expands our vocabulary, which has been shown to be directly correlated with success. Any career that involves people (that’s all of them isn’t it) is based on solid communication with a firm grasp of vocabulary and knack for self-expression.
9. Puzzles. Puzzles strengthen neuronal connections in such a way that they improve hand-eye coordination in people of all ages. Puzzles come in so many varieties that you can practice mathematics, vocabulary, memory and other bouts of critical thinking while enjoying these challenging games. [My favorite: Sudoku]
8. Mathematics. Mathematics teaches us how to think critically, and gives us access to an analytical train of thought. By thinking this way, we are more prone to having more common sense and possessing the skill of logic.
7. Painting. Painting is another great form of self-expression. No art is really ever finished, because there’s always more to be done, but it certainly can be left at great.
6. Cooking. Cooking, especially the kind where you don’t use recipes, engages all of your senses. From the smell of your ingredients, to the feel of the texture, and the sound of the sizzling, we must put everything together to achieve an amazing result with this art form.
5. Music. Music increases our sensitivity, as well as fosters a sense of emotional intelligence. If you’ve ever listened to opera in language that you don’t understand, you will be pleasantly surprised that you will not only know what’s going on, but be able to feel the emotions of the performance.
4. Poetry. Poetry can foster creativity as you paint a vivid image with your words. It’s also a great way to exercise your memory, by recollecting interesting words, as well as memorizing poems to always have with you.
3. Meditate. Meditation has an excellent way of expanding your mind from the subconscious level. It has it’s ways of digging through your mind, and bringing forth important, and often times emotionally charges memories into your conscious mind.
2. Learn a language. Learning a new language can be challenging, engaging and fun. Not only will you have to push the mental capacity to put together your newly learned words and phrases, but you will also have the opportunity to think in a different language.
The Number One Way To Expand Your Mind Is Through Questioning Everything. It’s certainly much easier to accept information that comes to us, instead of questioning it and being susceptible to having to think. Have you ever wondered why a flower is a certain color, why someone said they like us, where someone got a percentage from (73% of all percentages are made up), or why a certain Presidential candidate is REALLY worth our vote?
Ever heard about the effects of kindness on your brain? It goes something like this:
Serotonin makes you feel good. It’s one of the drugs the pharmaceutical companies pump into those wonderful little antidepressants. It’s also a little drug God decided to pump through our brains when we do things He/She/It likes—kinda like a little reward for good behavior.
Here’s what’s cool: When you do something kind for someone, the person you’re helping has serotonin released in her brain—she feels happier. And, so do you.
Pretty sweet, eh? Two more serotonin-induced happier people in the world! Yayuh!
Perhaps the most incredible thing is this: Not only do you and the person you helped feel better, so does some random person who happened to watch your act of kindness. That’s amazing.
So, uh, how ’bout a little serotonin overdose today?!