My Party with Paxel

Oh yes, this is the anti-depressant that truly has blessed me.  I have had three clinical depressions where this particular serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) was used.  I have tried others but we always get back to good old Paxel.  Many know that Paxel is used to treat depression, OCD, and PTSD.  I am blessed and love myself for being depressed.  Recovering and being is fine with me.

For those who do not know, Paxel has similar quantities as Prozac and Zoloft.  They were developed in the middle 1980’s.  They have become best sellers. They are some of the most profitable drugs sold today.  The pharmaceutical companies have now moved on to variants such as Lexapro, Cymbalta, and many others.  If one does not work, there is always another or a combination. (poly-pharmacy)

Paxel is such a lovely drug.  When you try to get off, the withdrawals are particularly nasty.  I remember feeling a high degree anxiety, nausea, and hyper-vigilance.  I think the term for this is serotonin syndrome.  Why not call it for what it is.  (Prescription Drug Withdrawal)  Frankly, I wonder if the withdrawal is as bad as getting off of meth.  Talking with some, they can not get off of it.  Of course, the professional will say that you must be on for your entire life.  You can accept that statement or you can say that this statement is a “crock of shit.”

There is something about Paxel that made me want to eat.  I have always gained weight.  I guess when you find out that there are as many or more serotonin receptor sites in your gutt than in your brain, one wonders why.  Reading the potential side effect of these drugs makes you wonder if the drugs are worse than the malady.  That is, if, you consider depression a malady.

The reality here is that there is no proof that depression is a physical disease.  Could it be just a symptom of something else?  There are only two diseases that are medically documented.  Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.  Psychiatry is being coerced by the pharmaceutical and insurance companies to resort to drugs.  Allegedly, these drugs are cost effective and efficient.  There is little if any evidence of this as being anymore effective than allowing the person to just talk.  So why can we not just let people talk through their problems without being feared as being abnormal and needing treatment?

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