Anita Kemp Ph.D. Blog

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Dangers of Antidepressants

Information has been out there for many years now that antidepressants have no more than a placebo effect. People do benefit if they believe the drugs will help, for sure. The problems with antidepressants are becoming clearer and everyone should consider  the use of this drug carefully. Unfortunately getting off an antidepressant is very difficult and can take months of tapering off along with nutritional support. Most medical practitioners are not knowledgeable about this process. There is withdrawal in coming off an antidepressant and the physical/emotional effects can be very difficult.

I am working through a course in nutritional and herbal treatment for mental health by Leslie Korn PHD that has been approved by the American Psychological Association. She recommends a three month plan at least and gradual reduction of antidepressant in this time period. Why does she recommend getting off these drugs? She notes that antidepressants increase vulnerability to chronic depression, increase suicide risk, contribute to mitochondrial dysfunction and lead to higher all-cause mortality.

Another resource to check out is Kelly Brogan MD and her new book “OWN YOURSELF”. her argument against antidepressants:

  1. They are ineffective
  2. They can induce psychosis and violence
  3. They are addictive and withdrawal is difficult

There can also be many side effects: anxiety, indigestion, insomnia, low sex drive, weight gain, heart rhythm problems etc.

So what can you do for depression? You probably already know – healthy diet, detox, exercise, manage stress, and live your life purpose.  Integrative medicine professionals also have an arsenal of herbal and nutritional support.  Dr. Brogan also recommends meditation, yoga, Qigong, breathwork, ecstatic dance.

 

November 27, 2019 - Posted by | Depression |

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