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The Astonishing Facts About Antidepressants

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perry jackson

May 4, 2007, 6:01:44 AM5/4/07
It is widely believed that antidepressant drugs are the best treatment
for stress, depression and anxiety. After consulting with their health
professional, many sufferers will be put on a
course of antidepressants, but how effective are these drugs? Not
very, in fact they cannot provide a permanent cure and here are the
reasons why.
Antidepressant drugs are used to treat stress, depression and anxiety
because of an alleged "chemical imbalance" within the brains of
sufferers. What this means is that there is a lack of a
chemical responsible for regulating our moods called Serotonin. If
there is a lack of serotonin in the brain, is this then the root cause
of anxiety, depression and stress? Unfortunately,
there is no evidence at all to support this theory. Indeed, low levels
of serotonin are a symptom of stress, depression and anxiety. The
issue here is that treating one of the many symptoms
of these problems will only mask the cause and will therefore be
unable to provide a complete cure.
The main reason why antidepressant drugs are prescribed to people who
suffer from stress, depression and anxiety is because a chemical
imbalance in the brain is believed to be the root
cause. But this is just a theory, there is no evidence to support it
whatsoever. A chemical imbalance is just one of the many symptoms
involved. All antidepressant drugs do is to treat one symptom. What's
astonishing is that there is no test to determine the levels of the
imbalance. Treating the symptoms will not provide a cure, the only way
to cure stress, depression and anxiety is to treat the root cause,
harmful and flawed modes of thinking.
If you're taking an antidepressant and it isn't working, you will be
told that:
"some drugs are more effective than others. What works on one person
may not be as effective with another. That's why doctors repeatedly
change the type of drug. It's simply a matter of
finding the drug that is right for you." This simply isn't true. There
are other factors - tolerance to a drug, dosage of a drug and the
simple fact that chemical imbalances aren't the root
cause of your anxiety or depression. Tellingly, Yale University has
published results showing that for 70% of people, antidepressant drugs
are totally ineffective. Other treatments, especially cognitive
therapy, are far more effective.
You're now aware of the reasons as to why antidepressants cannot
provide a cure for stress, depression or anxiety. Please use the
information to help you select better treatments and you will soon
start to enjoy a happier future.
Please Note: If you are taking a course of antidepressant medication,
please do not stop taking your medication until you have consulted
with your health professional. They will be able
to advise you on how best to withdraw from the medication in a fully
controlled, safe way.

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