Mental Health Month: Depression

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Mental Health Month: Depression

A couple of years ago I had a conversation about depression and antidepressants with a neuro-psychologist. He believed that depression could be cured within 18 months of treatment. After 18 months, one should either look within the body for another cause of the depression or research another type of treatment, which I completely agree with.

Antidepressants are widely prescribed medications that are being given to people for far too long.  The medication eventually stops working and then the doctor prescribes either another antidepressant or another kind of drug to support the first antidepressant.  During this time, patients can develop other collateral damage from all the medication they may be taking on a continual basis.

If you or a loved one have been on this type of a treatment cycle, it can be devastating. Depression doesn’t go away, but emotions and your health can also be at risk. People diagnosed with depression get tired of being called depressed, or worse, they begin to believe that they will always be depressed. Many are afraid to ask their doctor to reduce their medications as they can be insecure and feel that everything is an effort requiring a lot of energy that they don’t have. Eventually, they decide to take control of themselves and their lives and make a decision to try a different form of treatment.

If you have been taking medication for your depression for years and are ready to try a different form of treatment, ask your doctor to start reducing the dose of your medication. Depression has many faces and looks different for everyone. Consider the possibility that maybe your brain is struggling with mineral or vitamin deficiency or hormonal imbalance. Addressing these is a total new ball game. Ask for a complimentary consultation with one of our coaches and go from there.

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