Benefits and risks of antidepressant medication

by | Oct 29, 2017 | Anxiety, Depression and Stress, Health Effects of the Environment and Medical System | 0 comments

A recent analysis of many published research studies concluded that taking anti-depressants results in a 33% rise in mortality.

Like many other drugs, anti-depressants interfere with multiple biochemical processes in the body, sometimes in ways we don’t fully understand. There can be unpredictable interactions from these biochemical disruptions, and they can result in significant illness, even though the illness is never identified as a “side effect.”

At the same time, a systematic review of anti-depressant use as compared to the use of cognitive behavioral therapy stated “Overall, the available evidence indicates that second generation anti-depressants (SSRI’s) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy do not differ significantly in symptomatic relief as first-step treatments for adult outpatients with moderate to severe major depressive disorder.”

Inform yourself before accepting pharmaceutical treatment options. Oftentimes there are safer, more effective alternatives.

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