I worked with a lovely lady several years ago who wanted to lose a significant amount of weight. As I do with all my clients, I had her complete a detailed questionnaire. I saw she was taking an anti-depressant and asked about that.
She said she’d gone to her doctor and during her exam was asked if she was depressed. She was in the midst of peri-menopause at the time and said for some reason when the doctor asked that question she got very emotional. The doctor immediately wrote out a prescription for this drug and told her it would make her feel better. She then went on to say she calls it her “happy pill.”
As you might guess, I was not able to persuade her to ask her doctor about weaning her off this drug and she was convinced it was harmless (because that is how her doctor portrayed it to her) and that it truly was helping her to be happier.
Unfortunately the truth is actually far from that. Last week I wrote about natural alternatives for these drugs in the 3D Nutrition blog. The statistics are truly alarming: 1 in 20 Americans over the age of 12 struggles with depression and 11% of Americans over age 12 are on antidepressant medication.
What my client didn’t realize and perhaps you don’t know is that not only are placebos found in studies to be just as effective, but commonly-prescribed antidepressant drugs such as Prozac are addictive and the brain may be unable to return to normal levels of serotonin production for months, or in some cases, even years after antidepressants have stopped being taken.
Studies are proving that by taking these drugs you can actually keep your brain from producing serotonin, which it is created to do, and so you are guaranteeing you will be prescribed more and more drugs rather than being able to get off the original drug since it can damage your own brain’s ability to produce serotonin. That becomes a never-ending cycle. And as if that wasn’t enough, these drugs can also trigger other mental disorders.
Yet another very alarming fact according to a CDC report is that the suicide rate increased from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 people (that’s a 24% increase) from 1999 to 2014, a time period which coincides with the increased use of these drugs. I don’t believe in coincidences, particularly not in this instance. Of special concern is that these drugs are prescribed for teens and results show they essentially do nothing to ease symptoms of depression, while significantly increasing suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in young people. If that wasn’t alarming enough, children under 5-years-old are the fastest growing group being prescribed mind-altering drugs.
Natural methods of treating depression, such as the ones mentioned in the 3D Living Nutrition blog post, are just as effective as any antidepressant drug, and have no side effects or addictive properties.
What do you think about these so-called “happy pills?”
K.I.S.S. Keep it simple sweetheart! Here’s a great way to do just that!
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