Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Antidepressants: The Social Time Bomb

Jim Rawles' observations on the unemployment woes of a none-too-bright, working class couple apply to a large swath of the American population: they are hedonistic, improvident, and/or fated to suffer intense emotional and physical withdrawal pangs when their addictions can no longer be fed.

It is also noteworthy that this man is on anti-depressants. He is not alone. Consider this article that was sent to me by Karen H.: Antidepressant Use Doubles in US, Study finds. That is alarming just by itself, but just consider what will happen if and when the Schumer Hits the Fan, and all those patients run out of their medications. (And their booze, and their cigarettes, and their marijuana, and their MTV, and their Crackberry instant messages, and their chocolate, and their American Idol, and their Dunkin' Donuts, and their porn, and their meth, and their soap operas, and their "Energy" drinks.) This could get very ugly, very quickly, once so many millions of suddenly very cranky, very desperate people start roaming the streets.

Antidepressants are hailed by Big Pharma's commercials as bringers of happiness, but they have a dark side. I have a close relative who goes off the rails when he misses a single dose of Abilify. Before that it was Prozac, which was a nightmare. My wife has a close relative who takes Zoloft to keep from having panic attacks. Multiply this by millions, the legions hooked on mood-elevating drugs, and you've got a major reservoir of incipient, large scale madness held back by a very thin dam of paychecks and pills. 27 million Americans! Now add to that a depression worse than the 1929-1940 slump. Not enough jobs, not enough money, not enough drugs. I don't believe any other nation in history has faced a potential threat of this kind. Rawles talks of people in withdrawal roaming the streets, but they'll also be driving the streets - and freeways - in a fog of confusion, rage, and despair.

There's an obnoxious pre-tribber Christian bumper sticker: IN CASE OF RAPTURE, THIS CAR WILL BE UNMANNED. These folks might well see something akin to their Left Behind-style demolition derby, only more random, and they'll be in it.


  1. That's the part about the coming tribulations which worries me most. My close friend who owns a pharmacy may go out of business, as almost his inventory is manufactured outside the US. When the dollar dies in the coming months, so do imports.

  2. [The following comment was received from Moroun, and mistakenly deleted]

    Moroun said...

    If you are a victim of minor depression, it is possible for you to get rid of it with little effort but once you fall prey to serious depression, it may become altogether impossible to tackle this disorder without opting for medications. And among the medicines available in the market to treat depression, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, Xanax and Zoloft are highly popular.

  3. Reply to Mouroun's comment:

    Classifying extreme despondency as a disease, of which the sufferer is a victim, and which is "impossible" to alleviate without drugs, requires a materialistic view of human beings. As a Christian, I reject this assumption.

    However, the morality of widespread anti-depressant use is NOT the subject of my post. The problem I've outlined is the possible economic failure of the pharmaceutical industry. This would eliminate access to drugs for millions of people who've become dependent on them, forcing users to go cold turkey. Among the ugliest and most socially disruptive manifestations of mass detoxing (on the roadways at least) would come from anti-depressant users, if only as a function of their sheer numbers.