Thursday, September 29, 2005

Paxil: Another Damaging Medication


Just when you thought you had seen the last in a long string of terribly damaging effects of medication, think again. This one is especially horrific given that part of pregnancy often involves some hormonal swings or even depression. Paxil is in a class of mood altering drugs known as SSRI's. It appears now that Paxil causes birth defects in the first trimester of pregnancy. You can read about some of the harmful effects of these types of medications by checking out the link.

I guess this is no surprise. I will probably step on toes here but I will risk that for the truth. The presence of an anti-depressant or mood altering medication does not equal happiness in your life. If you are continually jockeying medications to try to find happiness in your life you will continue to run into dead ends. These dead ends will be poor health, severe and damaging side effects and an ever increasing list of prescription medications. These medications will never really answer why you are not happy in the first place, and will leave you with no answers and lots of side effects.

Happiness is not related to what medications you are taking. Let me say that again: Happiness is not related to the medications you are taking. It is related to making a decision in your life that you will seek happiness and peace at whatever cost. That you will uncover the painful and ugly things that you have swept under the rug in order to keep going in your life and that you will "correct" them.

This may mean getting rid of toxic relationships, jobs, relatives etc, and actually admitting that you have been used to and to a certain extent enjoyed unhappiness in your life. You have to decide that you want something different and then you must pursue it with the utmost determination. My belief is that happiness in your life is completely controlled by YOU. Not by a medication, a bad situation, a health trial, someone else's' poor behavior etc etc etc.

When we start taking responsibility for our own unhappiness or happiness that is when we can take control of the choice for happiness. Our society has bought into the lie that our unhappiness is due to the people, things or situations around us. Therefore, since we can't control these things we should take a medication that will "take the edge off" so we can deal with life.


I know I will catch flack from the chemically imbalanced people who will say its genetic and I can't control it. For these people I can show you people in my practice and others in the real world who have made a choice to overcome their chemical depression or bipolar situation by deciding they wanted something different in their lives. The medical profession has foisted on us the idea that our depression or psychological problems are not in our control. I find this disturbing and sad.

I will predict that we will continue to see prescription medications announced that have damaging effects on the body. The list will grow ever longer and you will have to decide if you want to medicate your life or if you want to live it. If you want help moving forward both nutritionally and emotionally please let me know. I have suggestions on how this can be achieved.

One more that came out today


At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your post today! So many people are on mood altering is scary. Even people you think have it all together and then find out that they are on meds too. It caught my eye when you wrote about happiness and making that choice to be happy. I think you are right when you say that sometimes we become comfortable in our own unhappiness. Strange how that happens...but, I think there is some truth to it. Can it really be that simple just to make up your mind to be happy? Why do we as humans make things so complicated? It does'nt have to be, does it!

At 4:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
~Abraham Lincoln

At 5:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a framed poster reads: "I have worried about many things in my life...most of which never happened."

From a vey simple little book: Happiness Is A Choice by: Barry Kaufman

The "decision to be happy" is actually the decision to stop being unhappy.

Unhappiness is not enevitable

When we choose happiness, we choose love and inner peace.

When we choose love and inner peace, we help others on the planet choose it as our example.

We can live our dream...instead of just dreaming them.

At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

today i had a very interesting thought about the way i deal with unhappiness. it dawned on me that i make myself unhappy sometimes because i feel it is expected from others. almost a feeling of "who does she think she is" and therefore i've often shrunk back and shrink back in shyness not wanting to show who i really am. that is garbage as well, is'nt it?
it is amazing what we do to ourselves just because of what others think of us. fear of rejection is huge in most people i know. the question though is, who really cares?


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