Have you ever felt depressed? Depressed enough to ask for and take medication? Before taking antidepressants, I want you to consider that they aren’t just easy-to-pop little pills guaranteed to make you feel better. Despite what all the happy TV commercials say, the side effects and long-term implications can be pretty troubling.
I know the antidepressant battle all too well. Back in my early 20s, I was prescribed antidepressants to treat obsessive compulsive disorder. My first prescription came and went in one dose because I went into an angry, sobbing rage that I barely remember. The second prescription triggered depression (yes… I was taking an antidepressant and becoming more depressed), a deep sense of isolation and an inability to function socially and complete college assignments. Before failing out of school, I reached out for help to get off of the medication.
This conversation today is what I wished I’d know before taking antidepressants. It’s not about gluten… but instead about a staggering trend of antidepressant use in people who might not really need them and were never told of alternatives nor advised of the side effects.
It’s not my intention to say that prescription medications don’t serve a purpose (as there certainly is a time and place for them), but what I hope to provide you with greater insight on antidepressants. While I’ve certainly talked in the past about gluten’s affect on mental health, the fact that 1 in 4 women in their 40s and 50s are on psychiatric drugs is incredibly alarming. It’s further disheartening that these drugs may not resolve the problems at hand and can lead to issues such as nutritional deficiencies. And there is research out there demonstrating that deficiencies are commonly seen in those who experience depression, but rarely addressed during a medical or mental health examination.
Remember that each episode of the Gluten Free School Podcast Season 2 will focus on one particular issue or solution that you can easily implement. Some may take more time than others, but all are highly worthwhile. In an effort to be efficient, each podcast will be as to-the-point as possible because I know that your time is valuable. So I’m packing in as much detail as I can to hand you the tips, tools, hacks, and ideas to help you be a better patient from here on out.
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Before Taking Antidepressants, Consider This with Kelly Brogan MD
This week’s episode on “How to be a Better Patient” features special guest Kelly Brogan, MD, author of A Mind of Your Own. Dr. Brogan is a long time friend of GFS and was formerly on the podcast about 2 years ago. She and I share a deep love and appreciation for empowering patients to make wise and purposeful choices with their health.
Since Dr. Brogan’s book comes out today, I thought she’d have some powerful insight into important considerations around the use of antidepressants. And of course, she did share some sobering realities about them that is worth listening to even if antidepressants are no where on your horizon. Plus she’s got some really great freebies to grab HERE.
Currently A Mind of Your Own is #1 on Amazon’s Holistic Medicine and #2 in Depression categories. I was lucky enough to get an early release copy and have been blown away reading this book. I can’t recommend it enough. If you or someone you know is really struggling with mental health issues, this is an excellent resource to start helping you turn things around.
– Dr. Brogan and I talk about why you’ve got to believe in and be open-minded about whatever treatment you try in order to see results
– The incredibly shocking stats on unnecessary antidepressant use
– What you need to consider before taking antidepressants
– Why getting off of antidepressants can be more challenging (and at times impossible) than certain illicit drugs
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