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Antidepressant Medication Myths debunked. Welcome to my Blog about Antidepressants & their myths. Specifically I wrote this Blog “Antidepressant Medication Myths” so we could discuss various Anti Depressant Myths I’ve come across over the years. Let’s first go back in time. Back in 2000 I was diagnosed with Major Clinical Depression, PTSD, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

When I first began my Graduate Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy it was at the University of Miamii. It was also here that I struggled with the minimal results I was achieving with the medications I was being prescribed.

Antidepressant Medication Myths debunked

I did try a few antidepressants over the years. However, nothing brought me any long-term relief. Even though depression and anxiety was a result of abuse and significant trauma in my childhood and adolescence. This only partly explained my inability to get any permanent relief. It affected my relationships with others especially the opposite sex.

Antidepressant- Alternatives

Over the years I have not been able to find a medical professional who could provide me with an alternative as well as more natural solutions. This is as opposed to taking daily antidepressants. The one exception is Dr. Milana Kaplan who told me about taking L-Theanine for anxiety. She still prescribed Lexapro however for depression.

Antidepressant Medication Myths- Sex Drive

As a result of taking medication, I suffered a low sex drive. I felt nauseous at times. Unfortunately, I put on over 20 lbs. Until recently I had not been able to keep off this weight gain despite different diet plans and exercise. I even experienced suicidal ideations. Medical doctors’ response was to only prescribe me with more medication. One male psychiatrist said that I need to accept that I will have to take medication all my life!

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Antidepressant Medication Myths- Lifestyle

What helped me most is changing my lifestyle. This includes doing yoga, having a daily meditation practice and changing my diet. I didn’t realize the havoc I was causing to my body. This was by consuming supposedly “healthy” soy products, whole grains, and dairy. This is not to mention processed foods! Unfortunately, many times I didn’t have time to cook healthy options.

However, I made it my mission to learn more about natural, alternative and holistic approaches to treating mood disorders. Many of my clients seek my services precisely because they are tired of popping pills to feel better.

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Depression- Seeing light

Finally in 2014, I started to see the light when I began to learn about the correlation between my constant GI issues and depression. This came about as a result of working with my colleague and health coach, Sandra Tribioli. Since then, I have come across more holistic oriented doctors and as of this writing I’m doing so much better..

Dr. James Blatt- “Breakthrough Depression Solution”

Today next I want to share what I learned from Dr. Kelly Brogan’s eBook “Change Your Food Heal Your Mood.” In addition to her excellent work, I also highly recommend reading a book by Dr. James Blatt, “Breakthrough Depression Solution.”

She advocates for a functional medicine approach to treating depression. This is done by basically by changing your diet and thereby healing your gut.

Antidepressant Medication Myths debunked

Dr Kelly Brogan- 4 myths

To understand why this is still not common and why medical professionals continue to prescribe meditation, you need to be aware of 4 myths that stand in the way, as described by Dr. Kelly Brogan.

1. Depression is caused by a brain imbalance. The truth is that neuroscience hasn’t been able to really explain what a balanced brain looks like. Antidepressants such as Lexapro can be effective to treat symptoms, but don’t heal root causes that caused depression in the first place and instead, they are just masking the symptoms.

2. Antidepressants work. Compared to placebo – sugar pills – in two studies (Khan et al) reported that antidepressants were only 10% better than placebos.

3. Drug companies and the government have your best interest in mind. Drug companies who sponsor studies are really manipulating the science in myriad ways – their first priority is their profit/bottom lane and not patients.

4. That many doctors can’t be wrong. Wrong again. Many practices are outdated and don’t make an effort to educate themselves about new developments in the field. In addition doctors are dependent on pharmaceutical companies way too much!

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