natural cures for depression

  1. Dangers of antidepressants

    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.

  2. Effects of depression speed aging of your cells

    How depression makes you older

    Depression isn't just a recipe for misery. It's a recipe for getting old before your time, with the effects of depression aging you on a cellular level and increasing your risk of chronic disease and an early death.

    And if you let depression go unchecked now, you could lose as much as six years later on, according to new research showing how the condition damages your telomeres.

    Those are the little caps that sit on the end of your chromosomes.

    As you get older, your telomeres shrink. And as they shrink, your risk of disease grows -- especially the diseases we associate with aging: heart disease, cancer, dementia and more.

    Shorter telomeres are even a risk factor for death itself.

    But time alone isn't the only condition that can cause telomeres to shrink. The effects of depression can do the job, too -- shrinking your telomeres so much that it's equal to six extra years of aging, according to a new study in Molecular Psychiatry.

    And the more severe your depression -- or the more chronic-- the faster you can expect those telomeres to shrink.

    Now, it's true that depression often comes with other bad habits known to speed aging and shrink telomeres, including poor diet, smoking and heavy boozing. But even after adjusting for these and other risk factors, the study still finds a link between the effects of depression and cellular aging.

    In other words, it's not just the bad habits that come with depression. It's the depression itself -- and that's why it's critical to make sure you take control over any battle with the blues before it turns into something that takes control of you.

    While there are a number of ways to beat the effects of depression, the best approach for you will depend on the cause.

    If your depression is the result of one of life's sad events -- like the loss of a job or the death of a loved one -- than all you may need is time, prayer and the support of friends and loved ones.

    But many cases of depression -- especially the severe and chronic depression that will age your cells and shrink your telomeres -- have other causes, such as nutritional problems or hormonal imbalances. And in those cases, time, friends and prayer probably won't be enough to get over the hump.

    (But whatever you do, don't fall into the antidepressant drug trap. Not only are they often not effective, they've been linked to diabetes!)

    Instead seek the help of an experienced holistic physician who can test for these and other causes and work with you to correct them naturally.

    I can run those tests here in my clinic outside San Diego. If you're in Southern California, contact my office to make an appointment.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for telephone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a call.

  3. Different types of depression boost Parkinson’s risk

    Depression can triple your risk of Parkinson's disease, according to the latest research.
  4. Beat depression with the benefits of acupuncture

    Acupuncture can work against depression as well as counseling and perhaps even better than meds, according to the latest research.
  5. Side effects of antidepressants cause diabetes

    Common antidepressants used by millions can increase your risk of diabetes, according to new research.
  6. Curcumin, one of the natural depression remedies

    Curcumin, a compound in the spice turmeric, can fight major depression as effectively as Prozac, according to a new study.
  7. When mild depression isn't depression

    Nearly two-thirds of all depression cases aren't depression at all, according to the latest research.
  8. Psychotherapy as good as antidepressant drugs

    Psychotherapy works about as well as antidepressant drugs, according to new research -- but even that's not the best way to cure the condition.
  9. Self-help books work for major depression

    Basic steps such as reading self-help books can ease depression even in ‘major' cases.
  10. SSRI drugs may slow the heart

    Here's one more risk that comes from common SSRI drugs: They can slow the heart, according to new research.
  11. Beat the causes of depression

    Many cases of depression are really just cases of poor nutrition -- and fixing the diet can also cure the depression.
  12. Dealing with depression using fish oil

    A new study on senior women shows again that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help ease depression.

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