Worry, anxiety, depression, addictions, and phobias are all dysfunctional responses to the challenges we all face in life. Each of these is an overreaction and the root cause is a belief that is non-beneficial.

The remedy for these symptoms is seldom the medications that people frequently turn to for relief. The appalling statistics for prescription drugs speaks volumes to this reality.  In an article on the use of psychotropic drugs, Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Dr. Karen L. Swartz asks is the cure worse that the disease? To begin with, this is a misleading question because psychotropic drugs are never a “cure” and an over-response to a situation is not a “disease,” it’s a dysfunction.

At best psychotropic drugs mask symptoms so the sufferer can manage them better. At worst they exacerbate the problem.  In specific, Dr. Swartz discusses the risks and benefits of SSRIs. As a psychiatrist trained to rely on psychotropic drugs, she is compelled to look for reasons to continue using the drugs, but her examination of the evidence of reasons not to should make anyone taking, or considering taking, any form of medication for dysfunctional response think twice about taking them.

Dr. Swartz called today’s treatment of choice a “pill paradox” and explains that some 20 years ago, when selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) burst onto the scene being lauded for their ability to treat depression, no one foresaw the problems that would arise. Today, there are enough studies linking SSRIs to an increased incidence of suicidal thoughts and to suicides or suicide attempts that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now in the midst of an extensive review of drug safety data for the most commonly used psychotropic drugs.

Not surprisingly, this has led to what doctors and pharmaceutical companies refer to as a “crisis of confidence” in antidepressants. Though few doctors are doing anything about it—these drugs continue to be dispensed to millions of people as the first line of treatment— many of the people to whom these drugs are being recommended, and some doctors, are now wondering whether antidepressants, especially SSRIs, are safe to take.

The controversy began with concern over the use of SSRIs in children and adolescents. With Numerous studies linking an increased risk of suicide in children and adolescents to the use of psychotropic drugs, the fact that they were not as safe as the pharmaceuticals purported them to be became apparent. More recently, adults were added to the list as studies showed clear evidence of increased risk of suicidal behavior during the first month of treatment with SSRIs. The study presented data on nearly 160,000 people treated in Britain with one of four antidepressants, two of which were the SSRIs; fluoxetine (Prozac) and paroxetine (Paxil). The others were the tricyclic antidepressants amitriptyline (Elavil) and dothiepin (Dothep).

The risk of suicidal behavior did not differ from drug to drug. Researchers found the risk was highest during the first month of antidepressant treatment and most critical during the first nine days of treatment.

Dr. Swartz points out that not all studies have found such a link, and points to two studies that report they found no evidence that SSRIs increase the risk of suicide. Nonetheless, there is sufficient evidence that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a safety review of antidepressant medications in adults and has banned their use in children. The FDA found sufficient evidence to issue a public health advisory in July 2006 directed at adults. According to the advisory, adults who are being treated with antidepressants should be watched closely for worsening of depression and for increased suicidal thoughts or behavior. The FDA added that this increased surveillance might be especially necessary when a person goes on antidepressant medications for the first time or when doses are changed. This presents a problem because changing dosages happens quite frequently. Most people don't do well on these medicatons, especially in the early stages and the repsonse to adverse reactions is to change the dosage.

The Remedy Lies at the Root

Understanding how the subconscious mind works and what it is constantly trying to do explains the reason why psychotropic drugs worsen problems rather than heal them.  For virtually every person on this planet the subconscious mind is at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week trying to do two things: (1) sustain and protect your body to ensure your physical survival and (2) sustain and protect your beliefs to ensure your conceptual survival.  Of these two, sustaining and protecting the conceptual body takes precedence. It’s why people can and do commit suicide. Suicide and other forms of self-destruction occur when the subconscious mind sees physical destruction as beneficial to the conceptual self.

It is the relentless striving of the subconscious mind to give you feedback on whether conscious desires and actions align with the conceptual that bring up the symptoms that, for some, increase to the point of dysfunction. Worry, anxiety, depression, addictions, and phobias are feedback to the extreme. The feedback generally begins as stress, fear or low level anxiety. If we ignore the feedback at those manageable levels, the subconscious mind ups the ante to get our attention. If we still fail to make adjustments, it ups the ante again, trying to get us to notice and make the proper adjustments.

Unfortunately, the subconscious mind is not logical and often the adjustments that would be necessary to align external actions with the conceptual self (which for most people formed before the age of six) are not effective for the adult self.  So the battle between conscious desires and subconscious desires continues to escalate. When it has escalated sufficiently, the result is mental or emotional dysfunction and/or physical illness.

When we understand that 99.9% of all dysfunctions are the subconscious mind’s attempts to preserve the conceptual self, we can see that the remedy lies in correcting the conceptual self. We can then go right to the root cause and effect a “cure.”  That is; we can align the subconscious conceptual self with conscious desires. That does not mean changing conscious desires; it means changing or updating the subconscious concept of self so what you consciously desire matches the concept of self held in the powerful subconscious mind. When the two are aligned the result is magical.  The dysfunction disappears and is replaced by energy and enthusiasm. And the new, desirable changes are completely effortless to maintain—and there are no unpleasant side-effects.

Rapidly Accelerated Mind Patterning (RAMP), and the deeper process Accelerated Mind Patterning (AMP) get right to the root cause and, by helping the subconscious mind see what is most beneficial today, these processes quickly get the cooperation of the ever willing to assist subconscious mind, which readily updates the old subconscious files and aligns concept with conscious desires. From there acting and feeling the way you desire is as easy and natural as breathing.  Through this process, many hundreds of lives have been transformed.

Read the testimonials of some of the people that have been helped through this natural, effortless, drug-free approach.