Why Must a Psychiatrist Prescribe Antidepressants?
It’s pretty corny. But many people have asked me, “How much medicine or antidepressants have you prescribed to your patients during your years of practice?”
In my honest opinion, my answer sounded like this, “I am actually not prepared to prescribe medicine/antidepressants unless I am ready to help my patient deal with the impending side effects.”
Many people think that I was insane.
After all, prescribing medicine is a doctor’s job. But, these people don’t understand that antidepressants are actually causing too many disharmonies within my patients. My ultimate aim is to actually restore optimal balance within the patient’s system so that my patient can live comfortably – minus the side effects.
After I had practiced medicine for nearly two years, I came to this ugly conclusion. There is no single answer for depression. Even if I prescribed antidepressants, there was no one pill that I could prescribe to wipe out the subsequent side effects.
Our bodies are complex mechanisms as there are several interlocking bio systems – which caused all the nasty side effects right from the beginning. I needed to find a way to adjust the imbalances and medical disorders concurrently.
Gradually, I began to realize that we could not rely on medical tests and antidepressants solely. There were many other factors that contributed to a person’s well-being. Till today, I am still encouraging my patients to seek a lifestyle with the correct nutrition, stress management exercises and to avoid their sedentary methods of daily living.
You may not believe it now. But, everything else in your life contributes to depression. Try adopting orthomolecular psychiatry together with chelation therapy, it could change your life forever.
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!