Are Antidepressants Really the Best Solutions For Depression?
Currently, there are many depressed Americans (about 25 million) who are on antidepressant medication. They are on antidepressants because it is the “best” option that is available to them.
For patients who are suffering from mild to severe depression, SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) antidepressants such as Prozac, Luvox, Zoloft, Paxil, Calexa, are the commonly used even though there are many other antidepressants.
Millions of other depressed Americans slowly realized that SSRIs do provide some relief from a wide range of nondepressive disorders.
Unfortunately, antidepressants aren’t permanent solutions for their problems. As the initial euphoria over the SSRI antidepressants subsided, a large number of depressed patients began to experience side effects such as lethargy, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction. Do bear in mind that there are many sexual dysfunction do go unreported because of it is a highly sensitive issue.
The underlying conclusions of such side effects are very complex and are not fully understood yet. However, one thing is pretty obvious. Antidepressants are powerful agents that cause many changes within the body. In short, the neurochemical and hormonal systems are heavily altered to cure depression.
Our bodies are very complicated machines. Currently, there are many medical practitioners who still don’t understand that when one of the body’s metabolic systems is changed, disequilibrium is caused at other parts of the body. This is why there are many depressed patients suffer from multiple side effects from the consumption of antidepressants.
My advice is that you look at orthomolecular psychiatry and check out this new holistic approach for new therapeutic effects. The age of prescribing antidepressants is nearly over soon!
Jerry Jason, MD received his degree from the Columbia’s Physician and Surgeons in 1995. He is well certified in psychiatry and has achieved advanced proficiency in the areas of chelation therapy from the American College For Advancement of Medicine (ACAM). Check out Jerry Jansen’s daily updated medical blog if you want to understand orthomolecular psychiatry and defeat depression!