Do You Need Anti-Depressants? Can You Afford to Take Them in the First Place?
A Facebook friend posted a link to the following article, which talks about the theory that anti-depressants not only don't cure depression, but make it worse by altering brain chemistry in negative and sometimes long-lasting ways:
Not surprising, many responses to the article were from folks who were attached to the belief that they needed psychiatric "rescue" by drugs. I posted a reply (admittedly, sometimes I waste too much time debating on Facebook), but thought it might be good to share here on my blog. Given that anti-depressants may make you depressed for life, can you afford to take the risk of using them? Wouldn't it be good to know that there is another way?
Here is my Facebook response:
I'm sorry, but there is absolutely no reason to use anti-depressants. Scientific studies show that regular exercise has the same benefits (without the side effects). Changing your diet (cutting out refined sugar and flour and using whole grains instead), exercising, and doing holistic practices such as yoga and meditation can cure depression without drugs. Along with that, it's advised to actually work on treating the emotional pains and disappointments that are contributing.
I had severe depression in college. They put me on Zoloft but I am allergic to it - I had visual hallucinations and had to be taken off of it for risk of a seizure. Since I cannot use anti-depressants I had to find another way. And I can assure you, there is another way.
Big Pharma does a lot of brainwashing to convince people they "have to" use drugs. Unfortunately, the psychiatric profession has been taken over by Big Pharma so they can't help you.
Just making dietary adjustments alone can have huge mental health benefits. Elizabether Somer's books about this are excellent. See:
There are also wonderful herbal supplements that can help. A qualified acupuncturist or naturopath can do wonders.
P.S. I recently found myself suffering from bouts of anxiety for no good reason; turns out my mild mitral valve prolapse was acting up. Why? I had gotten off my exercise routine due to a move halfway across the country. Doing regular cardio and taking some heart-supporting supplements completely got rid of the anxiety in less than two weeks.