risks of antidepressants

  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. Common antidepressants can lead to miscarriage

    The common drug pregnant women must avoid

    Millions of pregnant women take a drug every day that's dangerous to them and their unborn child -- and most of them have no idea they're taking any risk at all.

    It's time to change that -- because new research supports all our worst fears about common antidepressants, especially SSRI drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Lexapro.

    So let's sound the alarm here. If you're not of childbearing age yourself, share this message with your daughters, granddaughters, and younger friends. Let them know that the new look at data from 74 studies finds these common antidepressants can increase the risk of premature birth, developmental problems, and even miscarriage.

    And even if you think you've made it through pregnancy just fine while on these meds, other problems associated with the drugs can pop up months or even a year down the road.

    For example, the drugs may double the risk of autism-spectrum disorders, especially when taken in the first trimester.

    That's downright frightening when you consider that SSRIs are the most commonly used meds among women of childbearing age -- and that many of the women who take them and get pregnant don't realize it for part of the first trimester.

    And when taken during the second or third trimester, common antidepressants SSRIs can delay the baby's ability to sit by 16 days and walk by nearly a full month when compared to babies not exposed to the drugs.

    The study also suggests babies exposed to SSRIs during pregnancy have a 30 percent higher risk of newborn behavioral syndrome -- a condition where babies cry far too much, have difficulty feeding, and could face other serious issues, including breathing problems and seizures.

    And if that's not enough, women who take common antidepressants while they're expecting face a higher risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia.

    In exchange for all these risks, women don't get a life-saving treatment that can chase away disease or even cure depression for that matter. The study actually finds they make little to no difference at all.

    Other studies have found that to be true of men and women alike of all ages -- which is why it's essential to try natural solutions for depression instead of dangerous drugs such as SSRIs. I had all the details on some of the best and safest options last week, and you can read all about them for free right here.

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