In my book Wake Up Doctors: 10 Steps to Reclaim Your Patients Respect and Trust, (available for FREE when you opt-in on the right side of the page), I wrote about the research that Dr. Irving Kirsh and Dr. Walter G. Brown had done over the previous three decades pointing to the fact that antidepressants work about 30% of the time, the amount of time we expect a placebo to work.
Cliff Weathers of RAWSTORY wrote an article based on new research that validates the previous research of Dr. Irving Kirsh and Dr. Walter G. Brown on June 6, 2015, What if everything we know about treating depression is wrong? He sites a study of mice that were bred so they wouldn’t produce serotonin, which was done by John D. Dingell, V.A. Medical Center and Wayne State University. The mice without the serotonin were aggressive and demonstrated compulsive personality traits. However, there were no symptoms of depression noted. If serotonin were necessary for one to feel good, then these mice would have demonstrated symptoms of depression. Not too surprisingly, when given antidepressants they showed no change in behavior.
This is very important research for those of us who would rather see people treated without these medications which produce a wide variety of side-effects, and are very hard to titrate off because of the adverse reactions suffered. Again, there is a detailed case history about such a case to prove the point in the book “Wake Up Doc” which would make anyone think twice before going on these SSRIs that are being handed out as if they were candy.
Also pointed out in this article is the fact that fully two-thirds of those placed on antidepressants don’t fully recover, according to the National Institute of Health. I would suggest we look at the reason that people are feeling depressed as depression is a sign like pain is, that there is something wrong that needs to be attended to.
If there is a loss of some sort: be it a person close to one passing away, an inability to do something that was once taken for granted like driving or dancing, or a feeling of loss of something that was important, the way to heal it is to process that loss finding a new way to perceive that loss, allowing for a more positive way to move ahead.
Be mindful of the fact that depression can come from many sources making it a bit difficult to find the cause. If it is a physical symptom that needs to be addressed no amount of talking will take care of it. Likewise, if it is an emotional loss of some sort, no physical remedy will help. So, one needs to do the tests to find the cause of depressed feelings before deciding to pop a useless and potentially harmful pill.
Donna N. wrote an article with quite a long list of causes for depression that have nothing to do with emotional distress. You can find her article here: Are You Truly Depressed? Maybe it is Something Else Entirely.
If it is an emotionally based depression, it is important to seek help before it degenerates into a potentially fatal condition, especially for men who account for 79% of the suicides in the United States. This is because the males in this country are taught from a very young age that “only sissies cry” and later that they are not to emote their sad feelings. The best thing a man can do is to feel his feelings and talk to someone if he is feeling overwhelmed or sad about something that is going on in his life.
In last weeks article which you can find here: http://dawningvisions.com/mens-depression-and-even-postpartum-depression-heres-the-symptoms-you-can-get/ you will find the symptoms of male depression listed for you along with more of the statistics involved in male suicides.
I would also add that because people are feeling much more anxious these days with the amount of information coming out, the lack of security many feel in their jobs along with other pressures, that depression of the emotional kind is certainly on an upswing.
In 2012 an estimated 16 million adults, or 6.9% of those 18 and over in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode. So, if you find yourself or someone close to you who is feeling depressed, do have it checked out.
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