New dangers linked to mood meds

Some 30 million Americans take antidepressants every year. They're used by so many people so often that you almost certainly know someone who's taking them.

And now, new research confirms that the majority of these patients are battling serious and damaging psychological side effects.

In fact, of the 1,829 patients taking antidepressants surveyed in the new study:

  • 62 percent battle "sexual difficulties"
  • 60 percent felt "emotionally numb"
  • 52 percent said they didn't feel like themselves
  • 50 percent had suicidal thoughts
  • 42 percent fought a "reduction in positive feelings"
  • 39 percent lived through the apathy of "caring less about others"

And to add one final touch of insult to all that injury, 55 percent said they had to fight withdrawal effects when they tried to stop taking the drugs.

If those were the only side effects, I'd say the drugs are already doing far more harm than good.

But they're not.

These drugs pack a host of very real and nasty physical side effects, including weight gain, stomach problems, nausea and more.

Long-term use has even been linked to a higher risk of stroke, especially in women.

Look, I know how serious depression is. I've seen my patients come to me at their wit's end -- patients who think they have no choice other than drugs.

Believe me, I know what they're going through. I know it's not easy. And I know it's so tempting to give into the promise of swallowing a pill to make it all go away.

But it's an empty promise.

In the new study, 82 percent of the patients who took antidepressants reported at least some relief from their depression symptoms, which is almost certainly why they continued to pop their pills despite all the nasty side effects.

They thought the drug was working.

But the dirty secret of the drug industry is that the drugs don't really work -- because in many studies, they fail to beat placebos.

Yes... many of the patients who take the drugs could enjoy the same results without the risks if they had tried just about anything else instead.

But you don't have to take a drug or put your faith in a placebo to get real relief from even the most serious cases of depression, because there are natural solutions that are proven to work.

I've found that a combination of exercise, good nutrition and brain-friendly supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids are often enough to chase depression away.

In addition, creatine supplements have proven to be as effective as the drug Lexapro. (Read more about that in this free report from my online archives.)

Homeopathic remedies are also highly effective against depression.

And don't forget the power of prayer. Remember, when you ask for help, He'll always respond -- you just might not realize it at first. (The old hymn is true; He works in mysterious ways.)

For more stubborn cases, you probably still don't need a med -- you need a holistic physician who can figure out what's going on and how to correct it. In many cases, it's some combination of nutritional problems, undiagnosed food sensitivities and/or hormonal imbalances.