The Myth About Antidepressants:
Should you use them...
Should you bin them?
They say that antidepressants ruin your brain, doing you more harm than good...
They say taking antidepressants means that you are not in control of yourself....
They say antidepressants are just part of the Big Drug Cooperation’s conspiracies to keep their companies funded with our hard-earned money...
There are SOOOO many different opinions about antidepressants that you easily become paralyzed wondering...
“Are antidepressants GOOD for me or NOT?”
Ironically, what the current evidence suggests is that antidepressants themselves are not the problem.
What messes your brain up is the relationship you form with your antidepressants.
You see, once you get on antidepressant, you’ll tend to fall into two camps. And both camps wreak havoc on your body.
In one camp, you’ll hate yourself for relying on antidepressants. And you'll try to stop taking it. But this always results in you getting depressed again and again.
In the second camp, you've fought your antidepressant so many times only to get depressed each time. As such you've resigned yourself to a reality that you will have to live off antidepressants for the rest of your life.
Now, the current literature suggests that in the short term, many antidepressants have insanely beneficial effects for combating depression.
One such study by Eero Castren and Rene Hen, titled Neuronal plasticity and antidepressant actions...
Highlighted the protective and regenerative qualities of antidepressants.
Why is this important?
One of the problems caused by depression is that it causes your brain to shrink in size because depression eventually kills off healthy brain cells.
Scientists have discovered that antidepressants have this ability to form a protective coating around your brain cells reducing the negative impact experienced because of the influx of stress hormones.
In addition to this protective ability of antidepressants, they have also been found to help induce and speed up the creation of new healthy brain cells.
These positive benefits of antidepressants help you to stop any further depressive related damage to your brain.
However, you would need to use the antidepressants consistently for at least 4 to 6 weeks to begin to see this benefit.
In fact, most psychiatrists will tell you that you need to be on your antidepressants for at least 4 to 6 weeks to start noticing any positive impact on your moods.
This correlates with the time it takes for NEUROGENESIS (The creation of new brain cells) to have a positive impact as well.
Psychiatric doctors will also tell you that it is important to stay on your antidepressants for at least six months to have a longer lasting positive result from their usage.
Essentially there is a higher risk of depressive relapse if you stop using your antidepressants before six months after you began to use them.
Now, although the short-term use of antidepressants has astounding benefits, the long-term use of antidepressants presents a scarier picture.
A few studies have suggested that long-term use of antidepressants can actually drown you in more depression.
(See studies done by El-Mallakh RS, Gao Y, Briscoe BT, Roberts R. On induced Tardive dysphoria from antidepressants)
In addition, many studies have highlighted a strong link between long-term use of antidepressants and development of type II diabetes (this is the more problematic form of diabetes).
And lastly, in 2015 a study in the Journal of clinical psychiatry discovered that there is a strong link between long-term use of antidepressants and weight gain.
The study found that people on antidepressants tended to gain more than 3% of the body weight each year.
Just imagine how much weight this adds over time.
Now, this is not even touching on common problems caused by long-term use of antidepressants which people report including...
• Inability to enjoy intimacy.
• Feeling emotionally numb.
• Caring less about people (even important people to you).
• Feeling suicidal.
You know what...
THIS MAKES ME VERY, VERY ANGRY.
It seems like our society, the government and big Pharma are all bent on keeping these very important information about the long-term use of antidepressants hidden from us.
Society and the government want you to keep on using antidepressants because they don't have any other answers for you.
Big Pharma wants you to keep on using antidepressants because it likes to line its pockets with our money.
No one puts any effort behind educating people with the right emotional skills to successfully come off antidepressants in a way that enables a fulfilling happy life.
THIS MAKES ME REALLY ANGRY!
Because, many psychologists and psychotherapists have known for years that you can come off your antidepressants if you learn a select set of emotional skills.
These emotional skills ensure you can maintain a happy and contented life without getting depressed again.
And yet no one seems to be sharing this information except through paid services.
And that's why in the next article, I will be revealing my go to strategies for making sure that you can sustain an enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyle without getting depressed again after coming off your antidepressants.
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