An investigator in the UK, in a report in the British Medical Journal, reviewed published medical evidence on antidepressant efficacy. Most people with depression are often initially prescribed an antidepressant by their doctor. Prescriptions for these medications have risen dramatically in the last decade.
In an interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, an author of the report, said, “I do not think there is such a thing as a drug that will specifically relieve depression. I think so-called antidepressants are just drugs that do other things, such as sedating or stimulating people.” In fact, she continued, “I am skeptical as to whether there is a biochemical syndrome of depression despite the portrayal by the drug companies and some psychiatric literature.” Moncrieff, a lecturer at the University College London and co-chair of the Critical Psychiatry Network, describes depression as a condition that “should be dealt with without drugs, because it’s something people need to learn to deal with themselves.” Dr. Irving Kirsch of the University of Plymouth is a co-author of the report.
It’s not as if there is a blood test one can perform to track the level of “depression” in a person’s system, so it must not be physiological (having to do with the body), but in the mind.
Do you know someone who has never fully recovered from a serious loss in life or a traumatic experience? And in your own day-to-day life do you sometimes experience self-doubts, negative thoughts, unreasonable fears, upsets or irrational behavior? The painful experiences of our past clearly have an effect on our present behavior, but to what degree and why? What causes the mind to depart from rational behavior?
Watch this great video about the mind:http://www.dianetics.org.
Supplements: Niacin (known to cure mental health illness since 1952), Flaxseed Oil (known to decrease depression), Vitamin B Complex (to reduce stress), Tart Cherries (sleep inducer), Calcium with Magnesium (natural sedative), Selenium (antioxidant -be careful of the dosage you take).
Diet: See”Diet for Depression“.
For a free online book on “How to Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs Safely” see: http://www.theroadback.org/workboo(k.htm
For the entire free white paper on psychiatric drugs and their side effects visit: http://www.cchr.org
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