SSRIs and You: worth the risk?

Best treatment for depression: laughter.

Best treatment for depression: laughter.

DO you know what the effectiveness rate of SSRIs are?  

SSRIs are the most common form of antidepressant medication.  It stands for Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor.  Basically, it allows for more serotonin – a “feel good” hormone – to circulate in your brain.  

The effectiveness rate according to multiple studies shows – depending on the type and brand – about 31%.  
The problems with taking SSRIs are many:  they are a little bit dangerous, especially if you decide to stop taking yours.  *NOTE:  do NOT just stop taking your SSRI; talk to your prescribing doctor first!!!  When you mess with your brain chemistry, many things can go wonky.  That’s why one of the side-effects of SSRIs are, oh, for example, homicidal or suicidal thoughts.  Yeah…no thank you very much.
Do you know about the placebo effect?  A placebo is used in a scientific study to show a measurable difference between nothing (essentially just a sugar pill) and the medication.  The placebo – or sugar pill – has an effectiveness rate of 30%.
This means that the medication is only about 1% more effective than the placebo. 
And the pharmaceutical companies make about $10 billion per year on this difference.
Why do people respond so favorably to a placebo?  Because our minds are so powerful.
 Just believing something can make you feel better is about 30% of the way to actually feeling better.
So what’s a depressed guy or gal to do?  
1.  Is your diet supporting your health?  
  • Do you have any signs of B-vitamin deficiency:  bright crimson or painful tongue, fissures on the sides of your mouth, necklace-like rash around your neck?  Does your lifestyle deplete your body of B-vitamins:  physical (athletes) or emotional stress, alcoholism, or even prescription drug use?  If so, you need a food-based B-vitamin, or increase your intake of grass-fed beef, leafy green vegetables, eggs, full-fat and raw dairy products and whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, or sprouted grains.  
  • Are you a vegetarian?  You may be deficient in the above listed B-vitamins as well as proteins and iron.  Consider adding eggs back into your diet if you haven’t already.  
  • Do you eat a ton of processed, high-carb junk foods?  Time for a cleanse!  
2.  Is your gut healthy?  Your gut supplies more neurotransmitters for your body than your brain.  For a healthy mental state, you must have a healthy gut.  There’s a test you can do at home to determine if you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria or fungus in your colon.  If so, getting your gut healthy with a raw garlic supplement, reduced sugars and carbohydrates, and more lacto-fermented vegetables is essential.
3.  Some things just take time to get over.  There is a time to grieve, and that’s OK.  Let yourself feel the emotion, rather than forcing yourself to feel happy before you’re ready.  Learn meditation to clear your mind rather than juggling with monkeys (figuratively, of course).  Start by meditating 2 minutes per day.  Just Google “meditation exercises” and find one and give it a try.  Meditation is like an exercise.  You’re probably going to suck at it at first, so you just keep at it.  Every time you do it, you strengthen that meditation muscle and get better at it.  
4.  Exercise.  Exercise literally releases feel-good hormones in your body.  It doesn’t matter what type of exercise, just get moving.  Do the things you like or have always wanted to try.  Your health is worth it.  
5.  Situational depression is when you feel depressed because of or when you’re in …. that situation.  For example, at work at a job you hate around people you find revolting.  In that case, get a new job.  Your mental well-being is worth it.  

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  1. I enjoyed learning about the Anti-Candida Diet. Thanks for the food for thought!


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