On World Mental Health Day (October 10), the World Health Organization (WHO) let it be known that more than 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. But, they say, a stigma is still attached to the condition, leading people to keep their struggles quiet rather than reaching out for help. The WHO says the stigma must be dropped so that depressed individuals can have access to treatment, including therapy and Big Pharma medications.
There is no doubt that many people are depressed and there is little doubt that these people need help. Depression, after all, can lead to serious health conditions and can drive some people to suicide. The stigmas associated with depression certainly don't help anyone. But pushing pharmaceuticals as the most viable treatment method is a travesty, particularly when it comes from a body as esteemed and large as the WHO.
"We have some highly effective treatments for depression," said Dr. Shekhar Saxena, the Director of the Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. "Unfortunately, fewer than half the people who have depression receive the care they need. In fact, in many countries, this is less than 10%. This is why WHO is supporting countries in fighting stigma as a key activity to increasing access to treatment."Anti-depressant medications are the most frequently used of all drugs in the United States for people between the ages of 18 and 44, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In their Data Brief (PDF) published last year, the CDC says between the years of 2005 to 2008, antidepressant use grew 400%. This is astounding and an issue that must be addressed - not with more medication, but with a closer look at what's causing it and alternative, natural treatments. Interestingly, arteries thicken 400% more than aging from antidepressant use, upping the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Comment: The World Health Organization (WHO) with the help of Big Pharma is eager to push pharmaceuticals as the most viable treatment method for depression:
Big Pharma's Latest Shady Ploy to Sell Depression Drugs That People May Not Need
A good chunk of the $4.5 billion a year direct-to-consumer advertising has been devoted to convincing people they don't have problems with their job, the economy and their family, they have depression. Especially because depression can't be diagnosed from a blood test.
Unfortunately, three things dried up the depression gravy train for the drug industry. Blockbusters went off patent and generics took off, antidepressants were linked with gory and unpredictable violence, especially in young users and - they didn't even work, according to medical articles!
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