In a new study it was found that even a single dose of antidepressant can affect our brain and is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functionality of the human brain. Brain scans were taken before and after giving an acute dose of SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor), and the drug showed its adverse effect within three hours.

“We were not expecting the SSRI to have such a prominent effect on such a short timescale or for the resulting signal to encompass the entire brain,” said Julia Sacher of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany.

Lead researcher Julia Sacher conducted the study over 22 healthy people having no signs of depression. What they found was mind boggling. The drugs were believed to affect human brain over a long period of time. But the study revealed that drugs affect human brain instantly and changes the brain connectivity in important ways.

Participants were given a single dose of escitalopram. Researchers scanned their brains and took three-dimensional images of  their brains and measured number of connections between structures called voxels. It was revealed that SSRI reduced the level of intrinsic connectivity in most part of brains but increased activity between cerebellum and thalamus was recorded.

“The hope that we have is that ultimately our work will help to guide better treatment decisions and tailor individualized therapy for patients suffering from depression,” Sacher said. This new study will help in clinical studies of patients suffering from depression.

For the past few years, researchers have also given reports about other medicines that fall in the category of painkillers. It was reported that these medicines have a serious impact on the body and the brain, and can eventually result in reduced immunity.

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  1. Sybil

    SSRI antidepressants induce in many people a state that is not unlike psychopathy. Selfishness, risk taking, narcissism, mania, blunted emotions, lack of remorse, lack of inhibition, spending, infidelity, manic hypersexuality, criminality, emotional abandonment, abandon offspring and have no brakes to stop enacting selfish bad ideas. I know this because I got arrested on Zoloft, I contracted STDs, abandoned my husband and family, was hypersexual, got into drugs for the first time in my life at age 30, destroyed my marriage. I FELT FABULOUS! Only now, after being off of them do I wonder who I even was then. I have lost everything and was homeless for a bit. From what I read now and relate to that time period of one horrible year, I was a psychopath. Completely unlike me. It took away my fear of anything and everything, which is why they work I suppose. Fear depresses people, but no fear of robbing banks is not an upgrade either. I ruined everyone’s lives just because I couldn’t cope with a parent dying. They may work for some, but they made me want to rob a bank for kicks and I became what I consider a conscienceless thrill-seeking who*e. I had it good before all of this.

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  3. Veri Tas

    Isn’t that the whole point – creating a “disconnect” with these antidepressants because these people can’t cope with the real world any more? Have you ever met a person on antidepressants and noticed how zombie-like they interact with you? Scary stuff.

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  5. NanNJ

    my autistic son was put on Prozac, after a few weeks he became manic. If you are not “bi-polar” and you are put on Prozac you become manic. 12 hours of sobbing and then you have to wean them off. What a nightmare. It was only by the Grace of God I made it through those times. Any meds that effect the brain need to be taken with great caution.

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    • Marty McFly

      “If you are not “bi-polar” and you are put on Prozac you become manic.”
      No, your autistic son who was put on Prozac became manic.
      Yeah, forget about your kid, thank God *you* made it through those times.
      They should nominate you for Jesus.

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  6. aedelaossa

    Paxil is my favorite! I just LOVE the effects of this drug!

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  7. peggi linder

    anti-depressants should not be given unless a person has a diagnosis of depression! not for people that are bi-polar! i can’t tell you how many anti-depressants the drs put me on because they said i was bi-polar. i have fibromyalgia and of course i’m sad beacause i hurt all the time and can’t do anything! that is not depression!!! drs don’t know what the f they are doing!!!!!!!!!

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    • hrmagerd

      I think antidepressants do have an *off-label* application for fibromyalgia. They gave my mom a prescription for her muscle pain. She never took it, so I don’t know how that would have worked out.
      She has the same stigma about antidepressants as you do, but as someone who’s been on them for years: I’d rather be happy and enjoying my life with one pill I have to take a day; than be in misery because I can’t let “the man” get to me. All these anti-pharmaceutical enthusiasts seem really angry and paranoid to me. They should be on antidepressants.

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      • d marino

        People in general are not “happy”. It is a temporary state i.e., a kid gets a bicycle, a girl gets a proposal for marriage, you get a great job, etc. Contentment is the day to day condition people should seek.
        Anti-depressants result in a person becoming self-aborbed and selfish, all the while believing they are nice, good and happy people. I know, 5 friends and family members who are on this crap and I have watched them turn into unreasonable and very selfish people.

      • d marino

        Don’t forget, “happy” is a fairy tale ending, not reality.

      • hrmagerd

        The thing is, I may not have the perfect relationship, or a great job, or don’t worry about bills, etc., but I am happy! I’m happy to enjoy the beauty in the way trees blow in the wind, the quiet of a Sunday morning, reading a great book in bed! I never had those things before. Life sucked before I went on meds! Now I can just be happy when appropriate. I can be normal!

      • PopPrintNet

        hrnagerd
        Please check out LDN (4.5mg ,Low-dose Naltrexone) , look at it in YouTube, lots of videos on it and thousands of testimonials, it is as harmless as an aspirin. The pharmaceutical companies do not tell you about it because they make nothing off of it. (no patent) Everyone should know about LDN, from cancer to autoimmune disorders, you really need to know bout this for yourself or loved ones. A lot of health problems are underlining a many levels deep, and LDN can more then help and cure many. (yes cure depending on what you have…for example, Crones disease is up to 80% success rate) Its not quack internet BS, it is a drug you need a prescription for and is prescribed by some of the best doctors world wide.)

      • sciguybm

        ” it is as harmless as an aspirin”
        that is because the entire USA consumer public does not know that the FDA new product review and approval boards are staffed by short-term employees whose full time job is working for the very companies who are making the applications.
        Yes: the VERY employees.
        So…..now how safe is it…….really.

    • d marino

      Peggi: You are another victim of the fake pseudoscience “doctors” of the money changer Tribe. Psychiatry and their psychoactive drugs are indeed the stuff of Frankenstein. No tests, no proof, nothing but poison to the brain of the non-tribal sheep…………….us!

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      • sciguybm

        that is because the entire USA consumer public does not know that the FDA new product review and approval boards are staffed by short-term employees whose full time job is working for the very companies who are making the applications.

        Yes: the VERY employees.
        Like that?

    • hrmagerd

      Weed has, for me, never been a good option for my depression/anxiety unfortunately. It actually makes me feel really crappy. I’m glad it works for some though, just get off the Xbox once and a while! XD

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    • RKae

      Don’t smoke weed and be smart.

      No drugs are needed at all.

      Stop all recreational dizziness and voluntary retardation.

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  8. Joe P.

    Many of those who take these antidepressants in up broke and filing for bankruptcy due to the uncontrollable need to shop and spend. One has to wonder if that side effect was meant to be.

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    • Nikki

      Really? What do you base that on, an ex-wife or something? Bipolar disorder can cause manic episodes that can cause things like that to happen, and that disease is very easily controlled with anti-depressants and other medications for chemical imbalance in the brain.

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      • d marino

        Show me the test for bi-polar. There ISN’T one. It is one evil doctor’s opinion based on your voice of how you “feel” or “think”. It is not a scientific fact. This article is showing you people the science (brain scan) of the result of the drug, instantly! Why you are given the drug has no science behind it: no blood work, no xray, nothing.

    • hrmagerd

      Yeah, I’ve never heard of that as a side effect for antidepressants.
      That absolutely sounds like a bipolar person who didn’t take their meds. I *believe* that if you’re bipolar you need to take different meds, as only antidepressants is not enough. Here, I Googled this: Lithium and other mood stabilizers, antipsychotic drugs, and sometimes antidepressants are used to treat bipolar depression.

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    • Whatsmyname2

      Yes that is true. It causes compulsive and obsessive behaviors. It also leads to overeating and overthinking on problems. It also leads to overworking. In other words, people don’t know when to stop. When they get angry, it goes over the top. When they get depressed, it gets taken to the level of suicide. The normal regulators in the brain that put the breaks on your emotions are just not there any more.
      It turns people into runaway trains mentally. Then no one can understand why they shop so much or collect so much clutter or get so fat or can’t find the motivation to succeed in life. They are so stressed out from their obsessive thoughts, they can’t get it together to set a goal and accomplish it.

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    • d marino

      I have brother and daughter and girlfriend. All in debt and filed for huge amounts for bankruptcy. Two more friends are on their way to do the same. I have watched this happen and no one will listen to me. This isn’t a coincidence when they all are consuming the drug cocktail.

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  9. NMx

    Anyone dumb enough to take these antidepressants the Dr’s are pushing these days are idiots… they could get better benefit from a chocolate bar or Trypthophan… both give you serotonin naturally… The jury is in these psychotrophic drugs do not work are over-prescribed and I believe are a conspiracy to dumb down Americans and make them unable to cope with the world and more easily duped and mislead.. We need a defining moment when we stop all the madness going on around us today…. The globalists have ceased control of most of our culture and are dismantling it piece by piece… we had better stop it before the hobnail boot is stamped on our face….

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    • Charlevoix2014

      So people with debilitating mental disorders should eat chocolate and turkey? And why do you think antidepressants make people unable to cope? They absolutely give people who could not cope a chance to live a full life. If a certain medication makes a person dumb, then it is the wrong medication or dosage. Antidepressants are intended to be one part of a treatment regimen, not the entire treatment.

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      • d marino

        These drugs were ment to be “temporary”. All you commenters to Charlevoix are wrong.

      • Old Nam Vet

        My daughter is on anti-depressants and they help her cope. Clearly,NMx doesn’t know what he/she is talking about.

    • hrmagerd

      “Awe, you feel like ripping out your soul so that you can’t feel your debilitating pain anymore? Here, have a Snickers. It satisfies.”

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    • d marino

      The Tribe, oh the Tribe…………..the evil of the world. We are totally run by these s.o.b.’s.

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    • sciguybm

      that is because the entire USA consumer public does not know that the FDA new product review and approval boards are staffed by short-term employees whose full time job is working for the very companies who are making the applications.

      Yes: the VERY employees.

      So…..now how safe is it…….really.

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  10. sciguybm

    That is simple to explain: antidepressants are synthetic brain chemicals. Adding them to your brain creates chemical changes and chemical in-balance.
    The practice of treating “depression” with synthetic brain chemicals is voodoo witch-doctoring at best; criminal at worst.
    The MDs and pharmaceutical companies know, fully, the results of a human using these drugs and prescribe them anyway. The intent? Patient for life.
    Glad to be in “home of the fee and the greed” now?

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    • Michael Provost

      Even though I am for altetnatives, just from personal experience of friends and family, the use of these drugs have prevented suicide and have been a life saver. I belive the problem is the lack of alternatives , which are inherit in the main stream system that is controlled my the money changers (Pharmaceutical…etc) People are still asleep and trust the shadows on the cave wall, It is all of our responsibility to unchain them, however we can.

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      • RKae

        And if the so-called anti-depressants are CAUSING more suicides than they cure? What then?

        Suicide is a matter of obsession and perception. If you can walk, talk, see and hear and you want to commit suicide, then you need a change of perception and priorities – not drugs.

      • d marino

        A brain pill isn’t the answer Michael. And if absolutely necessary, it was originally prescribed for 3 weeks only! Now, it is a forever pill based on fake diagnosis of bi-polar, ADHD, etc.
        I have been there in the bowels of depression and other than a 2 week stint on a drug, worked my way out of depression. Life itself changes constantly so because nothing stays the same in a person’s life, a person can overcome it. It takes time and learning everything you can thru self-help books…..not DRUGS!

      • PopPrintNet

        I don’t think it is the answer, for some they do not know the answer. They reach for what the doc says. People that do know the answer should try and help others try an alternative or wake them up. To call people stupid or judge them because they are asleep does nothing. To make this big change away from SSRI…et al, one would have to look at the bigger picture going all the way up to the systems that are corrupted and out of control. Maybe in our life time, maybe not, it will take a paradigm shift; I hope not one out of the complete destruction of the planet or mass death. (which is typically what history shows, we seem to be at that junction now)

        Michael

      • sciguybm

        The complete loss of the apex creature opens up the course for the next apex creature.
        If the first mammals didn’t wipe the dinosaurs we wouldn’t be here today…

    • d marino

      This comes down to the lack of knowledge by the public. They trust their doctors. They want help. Uninformed consent of what these people swallow is their ultimate demise. However, in a state of true depression, they wouldn’t care to know the facts, anyway!

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      • sciguybm

        “true depression”
        aye; that’s the rub.

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