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(Sciencedaily)   Doctor says antidepressants work by building new nerve fibers in the brain, and if taken long enough, these fibers can penetrate the skull and skin and become a giant, quivering, slimy, Medusa-like head growth   ( sciencedaily.com) divider line
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2005-12-20 06:52:55 AM  
/requests SCARY tag
2005-12-20 07:28:10 AM  
It's not slimy.
2005-12-20 07:49:44 AM  
Breaking News: This just handed to me by our sponsors. Try Mood Improve!

Actually, might give that a shot. I could use a few more tentacles in my life.
2005-12-20 08:04:19 AM  
Submitter is being glib.
2005-12-20 08:23:21 AM  
If you're a happy person to begin with, will you be super happy if you take antidepressants?
/not all that happy\
//just curious
2005-12-20 08:47:32 AM  
You don't know the history of tentacle brain. I do.
2005-12-20 08:55:57 AM  
Well that's reassuring,they,ve been shovelling this crap down people's throats for years and they don't know how they work.
2005-12-20 09:18:20 AM  
2005-12-20 09:18:31 AM  
Odds of extracranial brain mass: low.
Odds of suicide from depressive state: much higher.

Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Probably.
2005-12-20 09:19:36 AM  
Yeah, LSD and other hallucinogens do the same thing.
2005-12-20 09:20:29 AM  
The glad head meets the sad head!
2005-12-20 09:20:35 AM  

If you're already happy, they'll probably have an aversive effect. From what I know (and experienced), antidepressants stabilize your mood to a "normal" level, which may be far below your usual mood.
2005-12-20 09:21:44 AM  
"Matt, you have to understand this. Here we are today where I talk out against drugs and psychiatric abuses of electric shocking people (PH), okay, against their will, of drugging children with them not knowing the effects of these drugs. Do you know what Aderol (PH) is? Do you know Ritalin? Do you know now that Ritalin is a street drug? Do you understand that?...

No, you see. Here's the problem. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do.

All it does is mask the problem, Matt. And if you understand the history of it, it masks the problem. That's what it does. That's all it does. You're not getting to the reason why. There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance."

-Tom Cruise
2005-12-20 09:22:16 AM  
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I scanned the article but found no mention of devastating psionic powers.
2005-12-20 09:22:16 AM  
2005-12-20 09:22:23 AM  
I knew I smelt farter.
2005-12-20 09:22:57 AM  
Robobagpiper, giggle
2005-12-20 09:23:23 AM  
kudos to the submitter for the headline

how many pounds of this stuff do I have to take to be a psi-cops
2005-12-20 09:23:59 AM  
this is great. now people with thinning hair can battle the depression of going bald and grow long stringy nerves to replace the hair. it's a win/win situation!
2005-12-20 09:24:34 AM  
Sort of like having a growth of a noodly appendage?
2005-12-20 09:25:08 AM  

If you're a happy person to begin with, will you be super happy if you take antidepressants?

I was put on a daily antidepressant to prevent migraines a couple of years ago. I was fairly happy at the time. I'll never know if the mess that became of my life after that was my own manifest or if the emotional wreck I became because of that junk medicine had anything to do with it. I do know, that after I stopped taking it, I pulled my life back together and now I'm happy, again. I find that Excedrin Migraine, if taken quickly enough, does fine for the headaches.
2005-12-20 09:26:26 AM  

Something tells me Tom Cruise is not a qualified neurobiologist.
2005-12-20 09:26:38 AM  
I prefer Gleemonex.

It makes it 72 degrees in your head.
2005-12-20 09:29:00 AM  
Fluid: Something tells me Tom Cruise is not a qualified neurobiologist.

2005-12-20 09:29:16 AM  
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/listens for chainsaws
2005-12-20 09:29:22 AM  
Don't tell me I'm the only person who thought of those advanced zombies in Resident Evil 4. The only easy way to kill them was a shot right amidst the mass of tentacles.
2005-12-20 09:31:11 AM  
Am I the only person who thought about Akira when reading that?
2005-12-20 09:33:44 AM  
So the $cientologists were right after all!
2005-12-20 09:33:53 AM  
Dunk The Drug!
2005-12-20 09:37:32 AM  
Not to mention that it's completely healthy to depend on unnatural substances to be happy and functioning each day.

KANEDAAAAA!!!! is right!
2005-12-20 09:38:56 AM  
Actually, I've never felt better in my entire life then when I took Stummies every day.

//if that's obscure, then I'm surrounded my retards.
2005-12-20 09:40:36 AM  
And they push this stuff like its candy and everyone should take it. Shudder.
2005-12-20 09:41:25 AM  
This is COMPLETE TOTAL MALARKI; if there is nerve growth at all, it is likely in response to the deaths of the millions of braincells caused by SSRI action; Serotonin is popularly defined as a neurotransmitter, and while it is, what most of you likely don't know (and which you can verify with Merriam Webster Online at www. m-w.com) is, serotonin is also, "a powerful vasoconstrictor". Starving your brain's cells of OXYGEN does NOT cause anything good to happen - even if for some it is perceived temporarily as "good". These drugs have been linked to a 700% increase in breast cancer, suicidal and homicidal thinking in both bein on AND going off the drugs (in 1995, no less: Dr. Richard Christensen, Paroxetine Induced Psychotic Mania, JAPA, 1995, et(many)al.) The fairy tale of SSRI antidepressants is OVER.
2005-12-20 09:41:50 AM  
My mom was on Prozac for awhile. It was scary. She became a happy zombie person. (no, this isn't leading to a joke) Basically, she ignored every problem in her life because she was so laid-back and happy, nothing seemed important enough to deal with. La-de-da, tomorrow is another day. Her finances became a wreck, she lost her job, and she ended up in the hospital because she didn't go to a doctor for a sinus infection that grew into double pneumonia.

Obviously, I can't PROVE that it was the drug, but I have no doubt it was. That entire class of drugs is scary stuff, and I think doctors massively over-prescribe them.
2005-12-20 09:43:21 AM  
Fluid: Something tells me Tom Cruise is not a qualified neurobiologist.

WTF are you talking about?! He's CLEAR. Do you know what that means!?
2005-12-20 09:45:29 AM  

ugh, it hurts!........

/headaches < heartaches ...............for real
2005-12-20 09:46:05 AM  

Dude, at least it wasn't triple pneumonia.

2005-12-20 09:46:22 AM  
Humans are such easy prey . . .

chaoscube: Fluid: Something tells me Tom Cruise is not a qualified neurobiologist.

But he DID stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night . .
2005-12-20 09:46:30 AM  
Cthulu was one of the beta testers, I guess?
2005-12-20 09:47:36 AM  
2005-12-20 09:50:09 AM  
Bah. If this was a real discovery it wouldn't be in the journal of neuroscience. The impact factor for it is too low. Must have been rejected from Nature, science, nature neuroscience, neuron, & cell, before they decided "hey, j neurochem! They'll publish us!"

JH losers

/what does it have to do with tentacle anime pr0n?
//JHU undergrad
2005-12-20 09:50:45 AM  
So you're sad, so what? It's like everlasting High School. Call me when they come up with something for Alzheimers.
2005-12-20 09:52:00 AM  
berklee, you stole my post! Well, great minds think alike... especially those with extracranial brain mass!
2005-12-20 09:57:01 AM  
this is for anyone who knows someone who is on the anti-depressants: three people i know are on them and they all share a creepy trait; they all have this wierd "forced laugh". that is, they seem to force their laughter, and usually overdo it. anyone else notice this?

(note: if *you* are the person currently on it, don't bother replying, as i've noticed that they don't ever notice how annoying it is)
2005-12-20 09:58:58 AM  
Well at least it isn't as bad as the sickness that causes you to remember all your old consumer days and walk through a mall moaning and craving brains.
2005-12-20 09:59:09 AM  
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2005-12-20 09:59:09 AM  
Just remember, the dumbest person torgaduate med school gets the same degree as the smartest.
2005-12-20 09:59:10 AM  
Well, I can only speak for myself, but I've been taking Zoloft for six years, and it's been nothing but a blessing for me. My suicidal thoughts came _before_ I started taking the drug, and went away after I started taking it. And I'm holding down a job and everything! Maybe I'm the anomaly, maybe not - but for me, it's been a positive thing.

PS - Tom Cruise is a fool :)
2005-12-20 10:03:58 AM  
I am going to have to agree with WizardX's take on it. When I went on the meds the bills started stacking up. Too much La-De-Da ; not enough anxiety/clear thoughts to worry about bills.

/coming off them is no walk in the park either.
//got what patients coming call "The Zaps"
/// No, Scott Baio was not involved.
2005-12-20 10:04:53 AM  
I haven't read the actual study yet, and God knows these guys like to rewrite their actual findings for the press (or at least don't correct reporters when they read them wrong). But if this is true, it means that the SSRIs are acting the same way that 'learning something new' works, which is a very good sign.

I'm not convinced though. My own observations of people on SSRIs tells me that any effects these drugs (Zoloft, specifically) have are entirely temporary, and go away after a few days.

Over 30% of the female population over 25 yrs old in the Bryan/College Station area are on some form of anti-depressant.

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