Do Depression Drugs Help or Harm?

Do Depression Drugs Help or Harm?

Drug companies claim anti-depressants are not addictive but watch out for “discontinuation symptoms.”

“suddenly, you feel like you have the flu, or a stomach bug, or perhaps you find it hard to think and have disturbing thoughts.

You’re probably having discontinuation symptoms.”

Or a bit more simply addressed by Dr. Peter Breggin, an outspoken critic of the pharmaceutical drug culture.

“Unfortunately, there are also risks involved with stopping antidepressants. Many can cause withdrawal reactions that last days and sometimes longer, causing some patients to feel depressed, suicidal or even violent.

“Stopping antidepressants should be done carefully and with experienced clinical supervision.”

I think the “pharmaceutical choice” harms because drugs keep us from looking for better solutions and healthy psychological transformation.

We are more powerful and have better choices than a life on prescription drugs.

It may take some time to find solutions and develop habits that support inner peace; but, the whole world benefits from the choice.

In addition to these overlooked facts and suggestions by Dr. Cass, be sure to research EFT, TFT, and The Healing Codes which were discovered by Dr. Alex Loyd after a 12 year quest to discover a solution to cure his wife Tracey of diagnosed clinical depression.

There are many pathways that will open for you as you start to look for better solutions than a life on drugs.

Read a little and jump to the interview with Dr. Hyla Cass, a practicing psychiatrist who uses integrative medicine…

How Nutritional and Alternative Treatments Can Help You Avoid Using Drugs for Depression

By Dr. Mercola

Depression is a very serious health problem and can be terminal, as up to 30,000 people who are depressed commit suicide every year. But are antidepressants the best approach?

Contrary to popular belief, there are safer—and oftentimes far more effective—alternatives to the drug route, as explained here by Dr. Hyla Cass, a practicing psychiatrist who uses integrative medicine.

Dr. Cass appears regularly on TV and radio shows, and is an associate editor of Total Health Magazine. She also serves on the boards of California Citizens for Health and the  American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), of which I was a member for some time.

Her father was a doctor, practicing out of their home in Toronto, so Dr. Cass was exposed to medicine first hand from a very early age. Her father’s old-fashioned medical values of personal care and attention was the model of healing after which she eventually modeled her own career.

“Doctors really relied on their own judgment then. It wasn’t just a pill for every ill,” she notes. “In my own practice, I began to notice that what people ate and how they lived actually influenced their health.

People who were eating junk were not doing very well. People who were eating healthier, more natural foods, actually were feeling better, doing better, were healthier (have less colds, flus and all the rest), and even,  were nicer people to be around!”

Why Focus on Natural Interventions for Depression?

Early on, Dr. Cass began searching for other doctors of like mind, and discovered a mentor in Dr. Abram Hoffer, the co-founder of  “orthomolecular medicine.” This refers to the concept of nutritional deficiencies being a source of mental illness, and the right nutrients or molecules can correct the problem.

“While I was in my residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, I began to notice that medications had side effects…It would be okay if the side effects were worth it, but most of the time they weren’t…”

Side effects of antidepressants run the gamut from sexual side effects to lack of emotions or “emotional flatness,” restlessness, sleep disturbances, brain damage, and thoughts (and actions, tragically) of suicide, and even homicide. Virtually all of the school and mass shooters, for example, have been on antidepressants.

“You could say, “Well, of course, they were on antidepressants. They were disturbed and that’s why they did the shooting.” But a comparable number of people who were not on antidepressants and having similar problems did not become school shooters,” Dr. Cass notes.

“The difference was, first of all, they were genetically predisposed to have that reaction to the medications —  but nobody’s looking at genetics when they prescribe medication.

These shooters were either just newly on medication, or had just had some sort of change in their medications or dosage; ie regardless of details, there was something going on with their medications before the event. And that’s a terrible tragedy. A lot of this information has been suppressed, too.”

Nutrition Is Essential for Proper Brain Function…

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Do Depression Drugs Help or Harm?

Do Depression Drugs Help or Harm?
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