I recently posted on some telling “health” statistics in the U.S. It’s so refreshing to know what Americans are really fighting for with regard to health care, because the strong belief of some is that every American has the right to be on as many drugs as their neighbor. For the mass American mentality–that’s health! Awesome.

Americans are fighting for their inalienable right to drug their children. Yes, they are…that’s health, remember? If parents can’t understand their children, and public school officials can’t understand their children, then their good doctors will be there to help. Yes…with anti-depressants. In fact, more children are on psychoactive drugs today than on any other drug ever before in history.

Is it me? Do I just not understand health or health care? Are we blessed–part of the “haves”–if we can get antidepressants for our children? Ohhhhh…maybe I’d better go back to doctor school. I thought health and wellness was something else.

According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics study published in September 2011, antidepressants were the third most common prescriptiondrugtaken by Americans of all ages in 2005–2008.

And from 1988-1994 through 2005-2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased nearly 400%.

Isn’t that awesome? Aren’t we so fortunate here in the U.S.? Hope Obamacare brings antidepressant drugging to every citizen in the nation, especially children. It’s our right to NOT be sad. Yay, Obamacare!!!

Here go some more stats for you:

  • 11% of Americans aged 12 years and over take antidepressant medication.
  • Females are more likely to take antidepressants than are males, and non-Hispanic white persons are more likely to take antidepressants than are non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American persons.
  • About one-third of persons with severe depressive symptoms take antidepressant medication.
  • More than 60% of Americans taking antidepressant medication have taken it for 2 years or longer, with 14% having taken the medication for 10 years or more.
  • Less than one-third of Americans taking one antidepressant medication and less than one-half of those taking multiple antidepressants have seen a mental health professional in the past year.

I love these statistics. They show how much healthier we are as a result of the mass antidepressant prescription campaign. Thank you Obamacare, for caring so much that you want me and my children to have as many antidepressants as we need. No more sadness for us. We are so fortunate to have real health care in this country; and so fortunate that we may all get even more courtesy of our federal government and caring medical industry. Truly awesome.

4 Responses to Antidepressants for Every Man, Woman & Child

  1. This isn’t about “Obamacare.” This is about not wanting to deal with our problems and our diets in healthy ways. This the mentality of abdication of personal responsibility and victimhood.

    Historically Americans were never afraid of hard work. Now, it seems, it’s all about seeing where we can take the easy way out, drug those that don’t agree with our point of view and intolerance for real feelings! Anti-depressants are about ANTI FEELINGS!!! If you’re unhappy and depressed about something, it’s not that you need to take a pill for it – THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU NEED TO LOOK AND AND REMEDY!!! Start asking yourself questions. Take responsibility. Dig Deep!

    It’s OK to feel sad, depressed, unhappy. Those feelings are telling you that your OFF COURSE! As in: “OF COURSE I’M UNHAPPY! I’M NOT LIVING THE LIFE MY SOUL CAME HERE TO LIVE! GUESS I BETTER DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!”

    Start looking at how your crappy fast-food/processed food diet is causing your brain to mal-function instead. Look at how you are living someone else’s dream and not yours. Look at how completely over-worked and under-paid you are and DO something about it! Look at WHY you’re not happy and correct course. You’re not a victim unless you choose to be. The answer is NOT in a pill. It is in being honest with yourself and taking action to find your happiness.

    • Anonymous says:

      Awesome Michelle! I really needed to hear that. I have been antidepressant free for about a year now and have been considering going back on them but your post has changed my mind and made me decide to work harder at changing my life instead of covering it up with meds

    • Thank you both for the reply.

      Michelle, I agree with you for the most part, particularly your assessment of self-responsibility, what anti-depressant do to the ‘feeling’ mechanism, and the underlying source of what makes many people feel depressed.

      You are also right on about the basic health principles that MUST be observed, otherwise risk both premature physical and mental deterioration.

      However, I disagree that this isn’t about Obamacare. Although this isn’t a political blog, per se, I find it important to touch upon the realities that we must face when it comes to our health choices, particularly our perceptions thereof.

      Regular readers of this blog are aware that we take a holistic look and assessment of the current human health paradigm. My message has always been that we have NO health care crisis as proposed by the politicians. What we have is a PARADIGM CRISIS, or in other words, people’s own misconceptions about what health and wellness are, and what they should be. Your assessment of people taking personal responsibility for their own health and mental wellness is, therefore, right on the money with my message.

      Obamacare is simply a political manifestation of the paradigm that says we need medicine to be healthy, medical doctors and administrators, including insurance adjusters, to know how much of it we need and to distribute it accordingly. Is it spoken of in that manner? No. Precisely why I try to open people’s eyes. When we fight tooth and nail for our RIGHTS to be what?…negligent of our health, ignorant of our self-responsibility in caring for it, and business as usual in the sickcare game?

      Yes, this IS about Obamacare, because Obamacare is about perpetuating a faulty paradigm. The sooner people wake up to this fact the sooner we get to move on to the next illusion.

      Thank you, Michelle.

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