Saturday, 24 October 2015

The Anti-Depressive Story

It's an interesting item that got into the news this week via the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  I admit....it's not a publication that I'd read much, but someone talked about the item and referred the article.....so I read it.

Some smart guys have sat down and analyzed the heck out of patients and the diagnosis of depression.  They've come to this surprising number.....roughly seventy-percent of all patients using anti-depressants.....aren't really clinically depressed.

There are set standards about being noted as depressed, or having depressive disorders.  In fact, there's a set standard for obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, phobias, and anxiety....of which roughly forty percent of people taking some good drugs.....just aren't that ill to require such drugs.

Naturally, it'd make you sit there and ponder this.

What the numbers people say is that roughly one out of every four adult women now in the nation.....are on some type of anti-depressant.  Guys?  One out of every seven.

What happens if you overuse some anti-depressant?  You end up with a second condition: sexual dysfunction, dizziness, dry mouth, sweating profusely, feeling nausea around the clock, headaches, diarrhea, nervousness, restlessness, agitation with people, insomnia and drowsiness.  Naturally, with this new problem.....you seek another drug to fix this problem.  You can imagine sitting there with Doctor Bill and he gives you some great blue pills for sex, some pill for dizziness which he thinks is related to blood-pressure issues, some sleeping pill for the insomnia, and recommends a diet change to counter the diarrhea which seems to occur daily now.

For an older guy who might be single....this odd report likely makes him start to question any single gal in the neighborhood who seems to be open for a date, doesn't seem to be crazy, and bakes decent cookies.  He'll eventually ask this potential older gal (in her forties).....if she's on 'meds'.  She'll be puzzled by this and think it's a problem.....so she won't admit she's on anti-depressive drugs.  

We are a crazy society of sorts.  Sometimes.....we think we have a problem and seek to fix it.  Only to learn later that we didn't have a problem, but by taking the "fix".....we helped to create a second, third and fourth problem, which add layers of issues onto our lives that didn't exist before.

The good news?  Maybe you aren't depressed, or maybe you just are plain average when we talk about obsessive-compulsive.

That Lincoln Guy

This week, Democrat Lincoln Chafee said adios to the idea of running for President.  In the background, I think he ran out of funds and just made a wise decision to avoid debt.

The curious thing about Chafee's history.....is that he was actually was a Republican from 1985 to 2006.  He did one term as the Senator from Rhode Island.....before some Republicans asked if he really was a Republican.  The Democrat running for the Senate position 2006 found enough frustrated Republicans and happy Democrats and beat Chafee.  After that....he got hyped up on the Senator Obama campaign, and became a Democrat.

Yeah, it's one of those soap opera-like stories that you'd just shake your head over.

Generally, when the guy stands up and gives some hyped up speech.....you tend to think of some guy having smoked some extra strong herbal stuff, and isn't all there.  He's the guy who came up with the idea of a 'holiday tree' instead of a Christmas Tree.....so non-Christians wouldn't feel left out.   Naturally, that disturbed about ninety-percent of society.

Oddly, I did come to view Chafee with some interest.....but mostly because he's all pumped up and thrilled about the metric system.  He'd really like to get into the President's office and just do an executive order.....putting it into reality.  I think that's the only way that metric will ever come to America.....because there's too many English-lobbyists standing there to ensure feet and pounds survive.

He's sixty-two years old and I suspect he's going to run one more time for Senator before he hangs it up or hopes that Donald Trump might hire him for a US ambassador job for some Pacific island.  At least he proves the point that just about anyone can run for President, and it helps to have the name Lincoln in your name.....but it'd be better if it were the second name instead of the first.