This is in response to the “Practical Advice” column published in the March 23 AFN, “Those with negative opinions regarding antidepressants have never been seriously depressed.”

Let me start off by saying that I have been seriously depressed in my lifetime and I believe that antidepressants are NOT the answer, there are many reasons for depression and antidepressants only mask the problem and does not get at the cause.

I am not going to throw out any negative studies to prove my point but I will tell you my personal story. I was given an antidepressant and it made my life terrible. I had horrible thoughts, panic anxiety, and my life turned upside down. I did not realize it was from the antidepressant, but my husband did and made me stop taking it. After researching antidepressants and speaking to a women who’s son killed himself shortly after taking an antidepressant I realized what a problem our society has.

Antidepressants are handed out like candy, everyone is on them or knows someone on them. People are starting to make the connection, but we are a long way off. Within the last 10 years, how many mothers have killed their children AFTER just starting an antidepressant and how many children have done horrible things like suicide or shooting up their schools while on this class of drugs?

I urge people don’t go by any studies, pro or con, research on your own. Go to people who have personal experience, they will tell the truth. Two websites that really helped me understand the full truth are www.drugawareness.org and www.ssristories.com.

Yes depression exists, but antidepressants should only be used as an absolute last resort due to the high suicide and homicidal effects.

Please beware and really understand what your taking and make an INFORMED decision.

Yes, a small population needs antidepressants to function, but it is a very small percent.

Cynthia Garcia

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