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Survey Reveals Antidepressant Drug Users 5-Times More Likely to Consider Suicide; 57% Continue to Suffer from Depression

Mar 31, 2004 | PRNEWSWIRE

Some 48,000,000 Americans or approximately 1 in every 4 have taken prescription medications such Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac, results of the First Sedona Life Quality Study* show; yet 57% of them reported that they continue to feel depression, stress, and anxiety. The FDA's decision to place warnings on ten of the most frequently prescribed antidepressant medications may be too little to late according to Hale Dwoskin of Sedona Training Associates (www.sedonamethod.com), an organization headquartered in Sedona, Arizona dedicated to fostering emotional health and well-being.

The study, which focused on American's attitudes toward stress, happiness, and everyday quality of life issues, also revealed:

* 16% of those on medication have considered suicide as opposed to 3% of the non-drug using population; making them 5x more likely to consider suicide
* 44% of this group finds work stressful, and were twice as likely to quit or be fired because of their inability to deal with bosses and co-workers

"These statistics show millions of people are taking medications that are not helping them, and which may cause deadly physical side effects and deeper emotional conflict; despite FDA warnings these drugs continue to be over- prescribed, and are increasingly used to treat children and teenagers," says Dwoskin. The study shows clearly that Americans are more aware of day-to-day "quality of life issues" than ever before, but are still uncertain how to deal with stress and emotional turmoil.

63% of those on medications had tried yoga, meditation or prayer to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Dwoskin says, "That's good news; at least people are looking for alternatives." Dwoskin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sedona Method, a scientifically proven technique for relieving anxiety, stress and depression; strengthening relationships and fostering happiness. He has helped thousands of people achieve freedom from negativity, and learn to find lasting contentment without relying on pharmaceuticals and therapy.


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