Are Anti-Depressant Drugs Dangerous?
Is There a† Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Recent Mass-Shootings?
A large number of individuals involved in school and other shootings were either on prescription drugs or coming off them.†Some experts wonder if an added cause of violence is the drugs themselves.
In the last five decades, more than 20 anti-psychotics and 30 antidepressants have been marketed with over $25 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2011 alone. Thatís a lot of drugs, and the habit of resorting to prescribing drugs is rising rapidly.
Other cultures do NOT prescribe as many drugs for depression.
“The Japanese for example had a noble respect for this thing that we call depression. It was a passageway to the next stage of life,” says Richard Moss , world-renowned consciousness teacher and healer.
This passageway was considered a spiritual experience in which a person examined the darker parts of their psyche which they had been ignoring or repressing. Through this they learned compassion and humility.
All drugs have side effects and can be dangerous. Most drugs work by substituting or blocking certain natural pathways in the body. The body does this by itself but does so very carefully – sometimes one molecule at a time and then carefully regulating the result.
Of course, some drugs have been extremely beneficial for certain cases of depression, but there are sometimes natural alternatives for depression that can avoid any side effects all together. Look at them for yourself and discuss them with your health professional.
- Exercise – A 2006 study found that just one bout of exercise, a brisk 30 minute walk, immediately improved the mood of depressed individuals.† Walking is my first choice for exercise. Being outside in the fresh air, under the sun or moon and stars just canít be beat. Read more at Walkin Them Blues Away
- Nutrition – Low mood symptoms are directly associated with low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter. Proper levels of serotonin are created in the brain when there is the proper balance of tryptophan, an amino acid, certain B vitamins, and certain enzymes. Itís creation is also influenced by blood sugars, Omega 3 fatty acids and the proper balance of melatonin Ė the Ďsleep hormone.í
- Light therapy – This is one option for SAD (seasonal effectiveness disorder) but works in many other depression-related situations. Read more at 10 Foods (and Fixes) to Improve Your Mood
- Yoga and Meditation