According to recent statistics, the use of antidepressant medication has risen 65% between 1999 and 2014. Nearly 24 million Americans experience some form of depression.
The FDA requires drug companies to provide data on ALL clinical trials, including unpublished trials. Unfortunately, nearly half of all clinical trials on antidepressants remain unpublished. When BOTH published and unpublished trials results were combined, 57% showed the drug had NO benefit over a placebo. What’s more, the placebo accounted for 82% of a beneficial response!
If you’re dealing with depression and don’t feel comfortable with the idea of anti-depressants, there are several treatments which have been shown to be beneficial.
Studies have shown exercise outperforms drug treatment. Exercise induces a natural state of calm, boosts serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine which lessen the effects of stress. Yoga, for example, has been found to reduce symptoms of major depression by 50%.
Nutritional deficiencies can also contribute to depression, especially: Omega-3 fatty acid, B vitamins and vitamin D3. A deficient level of vitamin D3 below 20 ng/mL had an 85% increased risk of depression.
Keeping your gut bacteria ratio healthy also has a significant effect on your mood, emotions and your brain.
If you have a friend or family member who struggles with depression, perhaps one of the most helpful things you can do is guide them toward nutrient dense foods and changes in their daily routine. Encourage them to “unplug” and go for walks together, do some gardening, go out for a movie.
Depression does NOT have to be a lifelong battle.