What About The Millions of People Who Shouldn’t Be on Antidepressants?

16 Jun

Yet another study has revealed that antidepressants are not working for a huge number of people.

This is nothing new – scientists and doctors have known for a long time that antidepressants will only help around half of the people they are prescribed to.

This new study, published in the journal Neuron, shows that approximately half of the population should never be prescribed antidepressants as that would actually increase their depression.  While antipdepressants work by raising the levels of serotonin in the body, they actually have the opposite effect in many people – exacerbating any depression already present.

This is bad news for all people suffering from depression, as identifying the people who suit antidepressants is not an easy (or inexpensive) task.

I therefore urge all people suffering from depression to follow natural treatment guidelines as well as seeking medical advice.

If you are suffering from depression, nutritional changes can have a huge effect, and without the risk associated with resorting to antidepressants.

Here are my top tips for treating depression naturally through nutrition:

  • Depression is often linked to nutrient deficiencies, so arrange a consultation with a nutritionist to test for any imbalances or deficiencies – also take a 100% natural multivitamin and mineral complex to avoid future deficiencies
  • Deficiencies of Omega 3 can also cause or worsen depression, so ensure you are eating a diet rich in seeds, presses and oily fish, and supplement a high-quality Omega 3 product for a consistent supply of Omega 3’s
  • Consult a nutritionist to examine whether any allergies (you may be unaware of them) are causing your depression
  • Limit your intake of sugar, refined foods and stimulants (sugar, chocolate, coffee, cigarettes, soda) as this can lead to depression, especially when coupled with high stress levels as these can result in adrenal exhaustion – learn how to beat sugar cravings if necessary
  • Wheat and dairy can often cause or worsen depression.  Try cutting them out of your diet for 2 weeks and record any changes in your depression
  • Consult a nutritionist to see whether low levels of serotonin are causing your depression
  • Focus on a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein
  • Drink plenty of water – it clears your head
  • Get some exercise – at whatever level you are comfortable with – every single day

While this advice is not meant to replace medical advice, there are many cases of people who have successfully managed depression without resorting to antidepressants.

Have a question or comment?  I’d love to hear from you, below

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