depression drugs

  1. Feeling depressed doubles stroke risk

    Depressed women face bigger stroke risk

    I've never understood it myself, but many people still feel shame and embarrassment when it comes to depression. They won't talk about feeling depressed, and they certainly won't seek help.

    Well, I'm here to tell you that you've got nothing to be embarrassed about -- and there's certainly no shame in seeking help.

    The real shame is in what could happen to you if you just let it go, because depression can lead to other serious health risks, especially in women. And ladies, if you're feeling depressed right now, you could face double the risk of a stroke, according to one new study out of Australia.

    We've seen this link made before. But in other studies, it's generally been found in older women. One study a couple years back found that depression increases the risk of stroke in senior women by nearly a third.

    In the new study, however, the higher stroke risk was found even in younger women who were feeling depressed -- including women in their 40s and 50s.

    Now, to be clear about this, not all cases of stroke linked depression are caused by the condition. In some cases, it could be caused by treatment -- because depression meds, especially common SSRIs, are also known to raise the risk of stroke in women.

    But whether it's the drugs or the condition, it's pretty clear to me that there are two actions everyone -- men and women alike -- needs to take when facing serious mood problems.

    First, never let depression go untreated. Along with increasing your risk of stroke, unchecked depression can also lead to serious heart problems.  People who are feeling depressed are also more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior, including excessive drinking, smoking, and poor diet.

    And second, avoid medications if you can (especially those SSRI drugs I just mentioned) and turn to natural therapies instead. While drugs do little to correct the underlying causes of depression, supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins can actually give the brain exactly what it's been lacking -- easing the depression and improving your overall health at the same time.

    For more tips on easing depression naturally read my free special report here.

    Some people may need additional treatment, but even in those cases drugs may not be necessary. What you really need is a skilled doctor who can diagnose other potential causes of depression, such as nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances.

    I recommend a holistic physician who specializes in natural hormone therapies. And if you're in the Southern California area, I can help. Contact my clinic at 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to make an appointment.

  2. Getting it wrong 80 percent of the time

    It's amazing how consistent we are when it comes to depression -- consistently wrong.

    A new survey finds that 80 percent of those who battle depression turn to meds for help, despite the fact that the rest of the people in that same survey claim they got just as much relief from simple talk therapy.

    Sometimes, it really pays not to be in with the "in" crowd.

    In this case, I can only assume these two crowds have never met -- because if they did, it would spell the end for depression drugs. No one in their right mind would take dangerous, addictive and ineffective meds if they knew that safe, easy answers were there for the taking.

    So allow me to introduce you to one another -- because you guys have a lot to talk about. Like the fact that it took just seven sessions with a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker -- take your pick, they all worked -- to get the same relief as meds, according to the survey published in Consumer Reports magazine.

    Sounds like a no-brainer to me... and your options don't end there. In fact, there are dozens of terrific, proven natural alternatives that have helped millions of people win their own battles with the blues.

    One new study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry finds that fish oil can help people overcome depression. Researchers say that 1,050 mg per day of EPA and 150 mg per day of DHA led to significant improvement over a placebo -- but only in patients who didn't have an anxiety disorder along with their depression diagnosis.

    What's more, antidepressant drugs didn't make one bit of difference for the patients in this study who used them -- just the fish oil.

    Still want to be part of the "in" crowd? I didn't think so -- because when it comes to beating depression, there are lots of other fish in the sea. Various studies have found that acupuncture, vitamin D, green tea, exercise and a little extra sleep have all helped chase depression out the door.

    Yet for some reason, 27 million Americans -- nearly 10 percent of us -- take antidepressants. Many of these people even swear by their meds -- but they're all living a lie, and a dangerous one at that.

    In addition to ineffectiveness, these drugs also come with a high risk of side effects -- everything from headaches, nausea and vomiting to sex problems, addiction and suicide.

    If that's what's "in," I want out.

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