Anti-Depressants Attacking the Empathy Gene, Creating Zombies and People Who Harm Others

“You bring about a break, however small between the individual and either his external reality or his humanity, by which I mean his tendency to react “humanly” to external circumstance. Either you have reduced his awareness of what is going on around him or you have reduced his capacity to care about it in the ways that human beings have historically cared as far back as myths and legends take us.” ~Schwartz, Drug Therapy May Harm Society 1.

General Effects On All Emotions

“Most participants described a general reduction in the intensity of all the emotions that they experienced, so that all their emotions felt flattened or evened out, and their emotional responses to all events were toned down in some way. Very common descriptions of this phenomenon included feelings of emotions being ‘dulled’, ‘numbed’, ‘ flattened’ or completely ‘blocked’, as well as descriptions of feeling ‘blank’ and ‘ flat’. A few participants described a more extreme phenomenon, in which they did not experience any emotions at all. Others felt that they often experienced their emotions as thoughts rather than as feelings, as if their emotional experience had become more ‘ cognitive’ or ‘intellectual’. Some participants were able rationally to recognize situations in which they should feel a certain way, and yet the actual emotional response was not there or was altered in some way. Alternatively, some participants could still respond to emotional situations in an appropriate way, but without what they felt was real feeling.”

My notes (in blue): I would rather experience severe emotional pain than become like a cold robot.

“Many participants described improved control over their emotions, so that what they considered to be excessive emotional reactions were reduced and more appropriate. This meant that they could more readily deal with or let go of certain emotions, and some participants described improved control over fear. Some participants described a difficulty in understanding or being in tune with what they were feeling, as if their own emotions were less clear to them. A few participants described that at times those emotions that were present seemed ‘unreal’, ‘fake’ or ‘ artificial’.”

People who suppress emotions with drugs will one day find themselves attacking their own self with suicide, or others, with unchecked emotions and rage that can severely harm another person. Psychotropic drugs merely suppress the pain, it can never, ever heal it.

Reduction of Positive Emotions

“Almost all participants described a reduction in their positive emotions, which they attributed to their SSRI antidepressant. This reduction was manifest as both reduced intensity and reduced frequency of these emotions. Participants reported reduction in a wide range of positive emotions, including happiness, enjoyment, excitement, anticipation, passion, love, affection and enthusiasm.

Most participants reported that the intensity of positive emotions was ‘ dampened down’ or ‘toned down’, such that participants did not experience the same emotional ‘ lift’ or ‘high’. Many participants reported that they experienced positive emotions less often, and a few participants described that they were almost absent. Many participants described reduced enjoyment of, for example, social situations, hobbies or interests, beauty and nature, and music and other emotional media. Some participants reported that excitement and anticipation were reduced. They had, for example, lost the rush of excitement as an event approached, or no longer looked forward to things in the same way. Some participants felt reduced love or affection towards others and, in particular, reduced attraction towards their partner or reduced feelings of love or pride towards their family. Some participants described reduced passion, zest and enthusiasm for life and its components.”

Reduction of Negative Emotions

All participants experienced a reduction of intensity or frequency of negative emotions, which they attributed to their SSRI antidepressant. Most participants considered that at some stage the reduction in negative emotions was beneficial to them, bringing relief from distressing negative emotions, and allowing normal daily life to resume. Some participants reported that negative emotions had been removed almost entirely. The negative emotions commonly described as reduced included sadness; emotional pain or distress; anger, irritability or aggression; and anxiety, worry or fear. Other negative emotions such as fear and surprise, embarrassment, guilt and shame, and disappointment were also mentioned to a degree. Although a reduction in these negative emotions was usually at some stage a benefit or relief, for many participants it had became an unwanted side-effect, impairing their quality of life. Participants described the need to be able to feel negative emotions when appropriate, such as grief or concern. Some were unable to respond with negative emotions, such as being unable to cry when this would have been appropriate or respond appropriately to bad news.

Emotional Detachment

Most participants described feeling emotionally detached or disconnected, and attributed this to their SSRI antidepressant. Some participants described being detached from their surroundings, and described feelings of being ‘ in limbo’, of ‘unreality’ or ‘ disconnection’ and of feeling as though they were a ‘ spectator’ rather than a participant. Some participants described functioning like a zombie’ or ‘ robot’, with reduced or absent emotional responses. Some participants described feeling detached from their own emotions and instincts. Most participants described that this emotional detachment extended to a detachment from other people. Specifically, they felt reduced sympathy and empathy, and felt detached during social interactions. In particular, many participants described an emotional detachment from their friends and family, including their partner or children. Participants’ attitudes towards emotional detachment from other people were mixed. Although this was often seen as an undesirable side-effect of antidepressants, it was also sometimes seen as beneficial, by allowing disengagement from others’ problems, others’ negative emotions and highly charged situations that would otherwise be upsetting.

Just Not Caring

Almost all participants described not caring about things that used to matter to them and attributed this change to their SSRI antidepressant. They cared less about themselves, about other people and about the consequences of their actions. Not caring could have both helpful and unhelpful consequences, reducing the sense of pressure and stress that some participants felt in their daily lives, yet increasing the likelihood that important tasks were neglected.

What is beneficial about not caring? These drugs essentially enhance the ego-self…“It’s more important that I feel good than it is for me to care about the well-being and safety of others”

“Many participants described a general feeling of indifference to things in life that used to matter to them. Many participants described feeling apathetic and unmotivated, despite their illness having improved and attributed this apathy to their antidepressant. Some participants felt that their sensible, safety-conscious, side had diminished and they just did not care as much about the consequences to themselves of their behavior. As a result, they might behave in a less careful, considered way. A few participants went further, mentioning thoughts of self-harm or suicide that they related, at least in part, to feelings of emotional detachment and emotional numbness. One participant had started to self-harm in an effort to feel emotion. Many participants reported not caring as much about others, such as during social interaction, by being less sensitive or courteous towards other people. In addition, many described reduced concern for others’ feelings, and reduced concern about other peoples’ opinions of them. Some participants described being less concerned or even unable to care about responsibilities in their everyday lives, such as at home, in their finances or at work, and might include, for example, a lack of urgency or need to complete tasks.

Changed Personality

Some participants felt their personality had changed in some way, or been lost, leaving them ‘like a shell’. In some ways, they were not the person that they used to be. Participants reported that specific aspects of their personality, and, in particular, emotional aspects, had been changed or lost, such that they were a different person. These changes were attributed by participants to their SSRI antidepressant. Some participants believed that at times their antidepressant had made them behave quite out of character.

One participant believed that the medication had changed their personality permanently, having a lasting effect beyond finishing their medication.

Unhelpful effects. Some participants were concerned that blunting of their emotions and, thereby, of their day-to-day concerns, might mask or hide problems. Concerns were expressed that this might prevent them resolving their own emotional issues, prevent them engaging with other problems or issues requiring their attention, and ‘cover up’ who they really were.

Of course it does!

‘Just not caring’ had an unhelpful effect on everyday responsibilities, resulting in financial problems, and problems at work or college. Emotional detachment from family and reduced emotional responsiveness had an unhelpful impact on family life, and on perceived quality of parenting. Reduced inspiration, imagination, motivation and passion for and enjoyment of creative activities had adversely affected some participants’ creativity.

In some participants, emotional side-effects had led to reduced sociability. Emotional flattening, emotional detachment from other people, and reduced concern for other people’s needs and feelings had unhelpful effects on relationships within families, with a significant other and at work. A few participants suggested that the emotional detachment and reduced anxiety arising from taking antidepressants was of concern when trying to make important life decisions, especially those with an emotional component.”

Concluding notes:

We are living in a volatile, frightening, dangerous world, full of selfishness. We are also living in a world where many people are searching for God, the meaning of life, personal peace, security, and joy. But they are given nothing but bad information from the powers that control the media, films, TV shows, news, education, and given dangerous information from medical and psychological authority figures. There is no real spirituality being taught, and no true healing being offered. Thus, many people are choosing drugs, alcohol, and anti-depressants to check out of reality because they cannot find inner peace.

Couple this with the countless people walking around with unhealed trauma, abuse, abandonment, and betrayal from childhood. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of these people will go on anti-depressants, lose empathy and love for their children and then harm them physically, mentally, or sexually.

Contact me if you want to be liberated from anti-depressants, or to avoid them. sanjuanangel7@yahoo.com

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  1. Schwartz, R.  1995.  Drug therapy may harm society.  In Mental illness: Opposing Viewpoints, ed. W. Barbour. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press: 127-135, 129.

Emotional side-effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: qualitative study bjp.rcpsych.org

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15 Responses to Anti-Depressants Attacking the Empathy Gene, Creating Zombies and People Who Harm Others

  1. The problem with mind altering drugs appears to be much worse than I thought. I wish I knew what to do about it?

  2. Griss says:

    Very good post about anti-depressants and how they really affect us! Its so true, they do more harm than good.

    I am 29 years old woman, mother for two children. Have been on and off anti-depressants since 16 when had a serious many years lasting eating disorder treated by happy pills, which fucked me up even more, being emotionally cold and started acting self destructive. I tryed to take my life. As other periods when being depressed have ended with sucide plans and being like a Zombie. It have been some really great years in between without eating pills, being completly fresh in my mind and feeling emotionally in balance and living amazing life. Little stress and panik didnt knock me down, my brain funconed smoothly.
    Now 7 month ago, i had a panik attacks due to sudden economical crises, i felt down and helpless and very worried. I gaved it a chance to try anti-depressants again, hoping they might do a wonder this time… In the beggining i felt some positive change… i worried less, i was emotionally numb againt problems, didnt have panics BUT here i am now…worse than 7 month ago.. In my unreal world feeling blank, tired and hopeless, emotionally cold, want to do nothing but taking my life..

    Thanks for reading my note,
    Griss

    • Alethea says:

      Dear Griss,

      Better to be financially upside down than to lose your soul.

      Money comes and goes, it is an energy. There are many people struggling right now and many people suffering sudden financial problems, death of loved ones, etc.

      Anti-depressants can literally kill the soul if they kill the empathy gene. Suicide is also no way out. Your soul takes all its pain with it, and does not find peace through suicide. On the contrary, it is much harder to deal with the weight of the soul on the other side, without a body.

      We humans must deal with ourselves on this level, with this body.

      I have been to hell and back. The only thing that gave me peace through it all, was my trust in God.

      ~all my best,
      Alethea

  3. jess says:

    I can relate entirely to this post. Im currently on anti depressants and my emotions are lacking entirely. It doesnt change me into a horrible person though. Just kind of numb and flat. Its way better than constantly thinking and worrying about everything. Its amazing to me being a shy anxious teenager talkingto people was always so stressful with social anxiety but now I dont care what I say or anything. Im so much more assertive its crazy how much these meds change you.

    • Alethea says:

      Being a “horrible” person is subjective. You may not think it is horrible to not have empathy, but in many cases it is harmful to adults, children, animals, and the earth. Lack of empathy does not normally mean a person goes around doing horrible acts…it can easily, and usually, means someone doesn’t care about injustice, or about an animal being hurt, or about their neighbor’s safety, or about a tree that needs watering, or about a friend in need. If “not worrying” about anything means you are living in your own selfish world, then watch out. Better to worry and be anxious than to lose your soul.

  4. Wow says:

    Wow I didn’t realize that antidepressants are going to make me molest children!

    • Alethea says:

      Try reading with your eyes, not anger or ignorance. I didn’t say EVERYONE will be affected by it. I also didn’t say everyone who loses empathy will molest children.

  5. Cati says:

    This is scary. I’ve just noticed I feel as if I was taking antidepressants, and I’m not. I guess this is how my body is handling depression at this moment, by desensibilizing.

  6. DJuana Flowers says:

    My 2 cents. Most of those negative feelings mentioned I had as a result of my depression. There was no getting better in such a state. Not alone anyway. After beginnining Anti-D I was 100% better. No wait, 95% better. Bio identical hormone therapy helped a lot in recent time. Let me say that I do wish that a doctor had helped me wean off of the drug, because after 11 years, I am faced with that challenge. I would like to go without if I can. Now, I won’t bash the drugs completely. In crisis, they can be helpful for a lot of people. Few people have the financial means to take advantage of a healer outside of their ins. coverage, or especially low income folks cannot do so. That is a challenge for which I have no answer. Do you? Turning to alchohol and drugs for comfort is not new. What is new, in the USA anyway, is the loss of a firm foundation in Christianity, or at least a personal dependence on God. Cruelty and horrors have always been…

    • Alethea says:

      DJUana, hot flashes are repressed anger. Women who go through this in menopause do not have to suffer from them. You can get off that drug, stop the hot flashes, retard the aging process, and experience the natural flow of menopause with no side-effects. Contact me for my therapist’s number, she will get you off that drug.
      sanjuanangel7@yahoo.com

      There is not just a loss of Christianity in the U.S, but a total disregard for true Christianity, even by those who call themselves “Christian.” —no, wait…….especially by those who call themselves Christian.

      I know many people who are not “Christian” who act more Christ-like than those who say they are Christian.

      Peace 🙂

  7. Marjie says:

    whoa! that goes some way to explaining some experiences I had very early in my trauma healing journey. May I tell you? If not, stop reading now. If so..continue. I had no idea what was happening to me. I was overwhelmed with grief and could not stop crying for much of the time. I sought support from my “friends”. Many told me I was depressed. They said I should just ask my doctor for antidepressants. I considered it because I was overwhelmed and exhausted but since I was already under the care of a mental health professional (who, after asking some questions, decided I did not need antidepressants). But the crying went on for two years of more. I did not get much support from my friends. Some just said they could not handle the tears and walked away. But the lack of empathy and support just added to the trauma that was soon to bubble to the surface. Many of my former friends were medicated. Perhaps that explains some of how they reacted.

    • DJuana Flowers says:

      I did not lose the “capacity” to cry for any reason, at any time, and for way longer than the situation deserved until I began hormone replacement therapy. Cured! I use bio identical, mixed by a compounding pharmacy, not synthetic. This was very significant because the crying was infuriating and debilitating. I honestly could not stand the idea of being that way for the rest of my life. I had stopped trying to work, volunteer, anything. There is surely some body malfunction if you are still having this problem.

    • Alethea says:

      Marjie, I am sure some of them were on anti-depressants. It’s always easy for the numb and ignorant to say, “oh just take a pill.”

      You don’t need “friends” like that. You are better off without them.

      • thank you. I’ve long suspected anti-depressants are over used and abused. I am heartbroken over the many people I care about who are all but lost to me because of these drugs. Recently, I made a comment on FB wondering if Robin Williams was on anti-depressants…really, that’s all, at first. I got whipped for 2 days by people defending their drugs, called names and threatened to be turned into FB. ha. then I said something about warning people before we are all turned into ‘zombies’..oh boy, the flesh eating ‘zombies’ came out in force. My susppicians have more than become verified.

        • Alethea says:

          Dear Susan,

          Keep up the good work. Don’t let name-calling and threats bother you. Speak the truth, speak it often, question society norms. You do a service to truth, and to the souls of those on RX drugs when you do.

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