One of my most trusted resources is the daily blog of Dr. Joseph Mercola. Here is what he wrote the other day about the over prescription of anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications:
“Social Anxiety Disorder Linked to High Serotonin Levels, Throwing Treatment with SSRIs into Serious Question” – Dr. Joseph Mercola
Depression and other mental health problems are at epidemic levels judging by the number of antidepressants prescribed each year.
According to CDC data,1 one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 report some form of depression, and 11 percent of the US population over the age of 12 is on antidepressant medication.2
This despite overwhelming evidence showing that antidepressants do not work as advertised.
At best, antidepressants are comparable to placebos. At worst they can cause devastating side effects, including deterioration into more serious mental illness, and suicidal or homicidal tendencies. [emphasis mine]
Virtually all of the school and mass shooters, for example, have been on antidepressants. Antidepressants are also prescribed to pregnant women, which can have serious repercussions for the child.
Research shows boys with autism are three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in utero than non-autistic boys. Those whose mothers used SSRIs during the first trimester were found to be at greatest risk.
Recent research into the mechanisms driving anxiety and social phobias now turn conventional drug treatment with SSRIs on its ear.
Turns out these mental health problems are not due to low serotonin levels as previously thought. They’re linked to high levels! If these findings are taken as seriously as they should be, the mental health field is in for a major overhaul.
My thoughts on the subject:
Social Anxiety Disorder is NOT a disease. There is no drug that will “fix” it because it is a focus, and a way of thinking that is at the root of the problem. Granted, a malfunctioning gut that has been ravaged by antibiotics may fail to produce enough “feel good hormones” at times when a person is in situations social or otherwise that cause them to experience stress.
In my own case I fully remember the days when my gut would clench whether I was anxious or SIMPLY EXCITED. Same reaction. Instant indigestion. Any stress or new situation, any variation in my daily routine would totally disrupt my digestion.
While some of my clients over the years would describe a clenching in their chest area under anxiety stress, MOST anxiety suffrerers I’ve worked with describe an instant GUT Clench reaction.
In fact, our gut is often called “The first Brain”… Your “gut never lies to you”… our unconscious feelings often happen well ahead of our conscious evaluation of any situation…
So the question is, how to manage the reactivity to situations that trigger anxiety without dangerous drugs?
Don’t get me wrong, at times I WANTED to take the drugs. But I had no health insurance so I was FORCED to find other methods of resolving my own anxiety. And now it is clear the drugs are at best a dead end and a waste of time and money. At worst they can mess you up REALLY badly and cause you to do harm to yourself and others.
Isn’t it time to explore NON drug solutions to anxiety?
Dr. Mercola goes on to explore the addition of fermented foods in our diets and this is something I’ve been experimenting with a lot lately…
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