Has anyone noticed the commercial ads for anxiety on T.V. lately??

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Last year I heard about ads for the flu and the ads encourging people to call a 1-800 # now I have noticed on our local T.V. station there are ads for people with anxiety to call their Doctors for New medication available......it says if you have suffer anxiety for 6 months or more you should call your doctor today and ask for this new medication... Has anyone else seen this ??????

-- jf (Chemtrailwatcher@aol.com), January 26, 2000


BuSpar for the masses

-- (@ .), January 26, 2000.

Hello jf,

Yes I have seen the ads on television here in Oklahoma for about the last year... The first one I can remember was for Paxil. Probably a push by the drug manufacturing companies for their new mind control drugs... or perhaps there are just lots of depressed people in the world. Either way I don't like it. I do suppose if I was depressed that I would want to know what drugs were available, but I could just as easily ask my doctor. What's your thinking about this?

-- Plato (Okie_Rascal@yahoo.com), January 26, 2000.

Paskil, Prozac, Zoloff .... was thinking about how television has displaced social "do's" like bridge, cribbage, dancing, cards, darts, etc. and the natural interchnages that go with them -- so that now, 40 years later, a good chunk of us don't have ANY social contexts outside of our commonground in TV and moives: we couldn;t participate in so many of the activies the last generation took for granted. Except maybe bowling. By analogy, in another 10-20 years, if the populace keeps bingeing on mood enhancing drugs, there will come a point where no-one will even recognize what a normal emotion is, how to express it, share it, work through it, etc.

A gal I spoke with today at SAFEWAY (Western FRIENDLY chain superstore)said that from her conversations with female co-workers, 3/5 of them were on mood-altering drugs like Prozac. WHICH, she said, is why all the SAFEWAY SMILES are so perfectly plastically fixed on. It's almost a pre-requisite of employment. Shrinks push free-samples during sessions and write Rx's with abandon. Spooky.


-- Squirrel Hunter (nuts@upina.cellrelaytower), January 26, 2000.

"Stepford Wives" meets "1984".


-- (nuts@upina.cellrelaytower), January 26, 2000.

I think the "Stepford Wives" live in Indiana.

-- justme (justme@myhouse.com), January 26, 2000.

I heard that 44 million people didn't have health insurance (11 million of them are kids). How is it that minimum wage slaves can afford drugs like Prozac? That stuff isn't cheap

I agree that we're becoming a drugged-up nation, but where are these folks getting the money??

-- (stillawake@myhouse.com), January 26, 2000.

Depression runs rampant in our civilization. As one who lives with a person aflicted, my observation that the drugs are effective does not speak to either the proliferation of depression (population related? environmental? genetic?) or the scary nature of a doped society.

Postulated by orwell and others, drugs to tolerate the intense pressures felt in modern earth may, in the end only be 'seasonal' within our culture (even the global one). We are in a time of 'unraveling'. In such times, it is to be expected (i guess) that natures sensitive to the changing nature of the millieu would be depressed about the trials and tribulations just down time's road, if even subconsciously perceived.

In times of troubles,
even time can be troubling.

bona fortuna.

-- pliney the younger (pliney@puget.sound.lifer), January 26, 2000.

Drugs suck, I was on anti depressents during bad marriages, is what the drs. give you to COPE, well, throw away the pills and cope, they just make you in a drugged space where relatity is not...instead of drugs change your life.throw them away and change it. Friend of ours went to jail had to take care of her kids, they were on ridilen(sp) after a week with us, took them off it they were much better, still had to instill things in them but, the school gave us no flack for taking them off it, could it be bad home lifes that make kids be on that stuff?. sorry to change the subject so...must be the drugs lol

-- sandy (rstyree@overland.net), January 26, 2000.

Our society has spent centuries overcoming various 'superstitions' and 'enthusiasms'. We are now experiencing the triumph of the Objective. In ways this is good. In ways this is bad.

Every worldly success bears within, the very seed of its own undoing. We have *managed* to throw out those old waters in which we bathed. But the delicate youth of our own inner lives was therein.

We have lost the Subject! We have lost our selves!

What greater pain? What greater loss?

The miracle --or the punishment-- is that we still *manage* to get by with mere pharmacopia. Truly, it seems Oblivion itself is what most po-mod(erns) really desire.

And so it comes.

Others, perhaps now leaving *all* that, AND THEIR VERY SELVES *behind*, seek out a new Heart. A new Core. A new Life. And seeking, they do find.

One age begins to pass, another begins to Arise, Awakened. Come soon. Oh Come.

-- tim phronesia (phronesia@webtv.net), January 27, 2000.

It's my understanding that depression and anxiety is very common this time of year; after the holidays when all your money is gone, the holiday cheer has passed, and the IRS is right around the corner.

You must admit that life is more complicated now than it was in the fifties. Imagine single parents working one or two jobs to make ends meet, some taking college classes at night, and coming home to care for their children. The job market is more competitive, people are striving to keep up with technology. The pressures of life are exhausting.

Though I do think anti-depressants are very over-prescribed, some people really have genetic predispositions to depression and anxiety disorders, and the medication is necessary to get past the episode.

I think that there is a great need for people to focus on natural ways of reducing stress, nutrition, exercise, meditation, spiritualism, herbal remedies, etc. Prescribed medications should be only a last resort, and not the first choice. Also consider, there is a side-effect to every pill you pop.

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.com), January 27, 2000.

Yes cin,

Some people seem quite bound by the material conditions of their body.

And others, who have the same dispositions, seem to acquire the ability to rise above these limitations, mastering them. This type seems to somehow 'take wing' in life, soaring gracefully while the rest of us walk. Don't you know anyone like this? You know what I mean: The type of person who's just sorta in Love with life.

Ever wonder why they're like that? Or how they do it?

One thing I know for sure, they didn't buy it in a bottle.

-- tim phronesia (phronesia@webtv.net), January 27, 2000.

Read: Toxic Psychiatry, by Peter Breggin, M.D.

This guy has been in the psychiatric profession before, during and after the transformation this field has experienced.

You may feel abit angry and saddened by some of the case histories exposed. One had to do with a college sophmore who was a bright young lady who was simply shy. She is now in a vegetative state after being placed on a series of "mood altering" drugs that culminated in Xanax (if memory serves me correctly).

There is an entire section on Ritalin. The author does not believe the Attention Deficit Disorder as such actually ever existed! It is a combo. of hasty diagnosis, overlooking emotional factors in daily routines, and sometimes something as simple as having 2 or 3 caffienated soda pops(each having the effect on younger children of 6 cups of black coffee). I have heard doctors comment on call-in shows, that the mere absence of WATER in a child's daily drinking habits can wreack havoc in a child's emotional and cognitive development. One doctor attributes the insanely high incidence of asthma in school-children as too little water and no salt--helps the body store water. Histimine is secreted to restrict water loss from the lungs(the surface area of the lungs decreases). Salt and water = a natural ANTI- histimine. My son is one of three kids without asthma in his class. He also drinks water and takes a dab of salt daily.

Dr. Batmangahli wrote a book called Your Body's Many Cries for Water. Find out that lower back pain, asthma, hypertension, weight problems, chronic lack of energy, depression, osteoporosis, and other common conditions of ill health are the various stages of chronic dehydration over a lifetime. A properly hydrated body cannot be regained in a day or a week. It takes weeks to months to regain hydration and reverse the body's "trouble-shooting" tactics to acquire much needed water for the brain. Oh, I also remembered the "bad-cholesterol" which is secreted in huge amounts to literally seal off water loss in body cells.

Once you recall that MOST of these mysterious conditions have become the NORM in only the last two decades and once you recall that soda pop and other beverages have largely squeezed water out of many people's daily beverages(especially kids'), and once you realize that NO GOV. or DRUG COMPANY would EVER sit still if an authoritative study was FUNDED to research the dibilitating effects of CHRONIC DEHYDRATION, THEN, you can understand the value of this little paragraph upon your health. NOBODY would be getting RICH if WATER was the single factor causing all these debilitating conditions. WHAT IF IT IS??


-- (He Who) Rolls with Punches (JoeZi@aol.com), January 27, 2000.

Saw the commercial; what a joke! Described non-pathological anxiety, which can be generated by watching more than 20 minutes of tv. So pay for pills so you can tolerate more stories of Elian? Bleck!

Sounds like more cosmetic psychiatry to me, just like the rash of prozac for personality preferences.

And hey, don't anyone tell the sheople that this ad contradicts the "war on drugs" because benzo's (like valium and xanax, used primarily to treat anxiety), are one of two drugs for which withdrawal can be fatal. The other is alcohol.

-- Hokie (Hokie_@hotmail.com), January 27, 2000.

I becoming anxiety ridden about, "oily anal leakage and the inability to control it".

-- Capt Dennis (capden@hotmail.com), January 27, 2000.

hummm capt. seems you know alot about being anal anyways ....I wouldn't worry about ityou will be flushed out.

-- J.F (chemtrailwatcher@aol.com), January 27, 2000.

Did any notice that the same 'symptoms' which they prescribe the drug for is the EXACT SAME side effects you 'may' experience? I'm serious. Watch closely next time, with the Buspar commercial. And the one about 'sudden urges have a bowel movement and the inability to control them' Ewww we , thats JUST what I want, doo in my drawers! On a serious note, I was on anti depressants, Remeron, gained 40 lbs, took myself off, detoxed (yes detoxed ) for 3 days with nite sweats, and the shrink got pissed.!!! I am ok, losing weight and no longer am I an emotional zombie. I am not condemning the use of, simply this, it appears to me that 1/2 population are on ritalin and other 1/2 are on antidepressants.....makes one wonder.

-- consumer (shh@aol.com), January 28, 2000.

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