Antidepressant Medications: Do They Work?

Are antidepressant medications working?  There seems to be a growing trend of believers who think not.  Are you on an antidepressant?  If so, did you receive a proper evaluation?  Many people are prescribed with an antidepressant by a physician who does not properly evaluate the patient to rule out bipolar disorders, hypothyroid, hormonal imbalance, sleep disorders, heavy metal toxicity, and even anemia.  In most cases, people are prescribed with these meds with no plan to discontinue taking them….ever. Continue reading “Antidepressant Medications: Do They Work?” »

Cognitive Therapy: It Works

Cognitive therapy-do you know what it is?  It’s a fancy way of saying that changing your thoughts can help your mood.  In fact, thought patterns can often fuel depression.  A recent study suggests that cognitive therapy can help even the worst cases of depression. Continue reading “Cognitive Therapy: It Works” »

Running=Prozac, Ritalin

You know that exercise is an excellent way to improve your mood and health, but there is much more to know.  Did you know that going for a run is like taking a little bit of Prozac and Ritalin at once?  Here’s how:

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Ruby the Hyper-Hypo

One of our dogs seems to have developed a bit of a weight problem.  Ruby, our 6 year old goldendoodle, was supposed to be “around 40 pounds” as an adult, or so the breeders said.  She tipped the scales at 77 pounds at Christmas and seemed to be getting bigger, despite the fact that I began running her.  Apparently, it didn’t work.  Last week in our back yard, my neighbor took one look at her and said, “My gosh, you’re a MOOSE!” Continue reading “Ruby the Hyper-Hypo” »

10 Health Statistics All Moms Should Know

Let’s face it.  Moms usually wear many hats, including the one that reads “nurse.”  The more you know about health, the better off your family will be.  I’ll bet you don’t know the following health statistics, and if you do, hats off to you!  You’re literally one in a million.

1. 80% of high blood pressure is known as Essential Hypertension.
Essential hypertension is elevated blood pressure that has no known medical cause. This likely means that the cause of your hypertension is chronic stress.

2. 75-85% of all medical visits and hospital stays are stress related.
Chronic stress lowers the immune system and makes us all susceptible to colds, flus, and infections. Chronic stress also triggers harmful behaviors that make us more prone to illness and accidents. Effective stress management is obviously an enormous part of creating health.

3. 50% -Antidepressant medications are estimated to be effective only half the time in treating clinical depression.
Yes, you read this correctly.  Antidepressant medication is one of the most common medical prescription drugs, and yet it only works about half the time.  Research shows that a combination of antidepressant medication and cognitive behavioral therapy is the best approach to treating moderate to severe depression.  However, exercise has been shown to be equally effective in treating mild to moderate depression.  Lastly, there are many “unpublished” studies which showed antidepressant medications to be about as effective as M&Ms in treating depression.  That’s another article entirely.

Further reading on this topic:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20080227/antidepressants-no-better-than-placebo

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN2527622020080226

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/17/health/17depress.html?_r=1

http://www.realmentalhealth.com/depression/antidepressants.asp

http://www.drugs.com/forum/drug-information/truth-about-antidepressants-50321.html

4. 33%-About 1 in every 3 women has been sexually assaulted or abused in her life. This is horrific.

5. 25%-About 1 in every 4 women has been physically abused in her life. Also horrific.

6. 200%-Women are twice as likely to suffer from clinical depression as men.
Many of us have too much to do and too little support to do it all.  Chronic stress leads to depression, end of story.

7. 35-45% of children in the United States are now obese.
This statistic fluctuates and varies according to studies. In any case, it is a terrible way to allow our children to live.

8. 25% of Americans and Canadians are now identified as having Metabolic Syndrome, the cluster of symptoms which are generally known to be a lifestyle disease.

9. 16,400%-Prescription drugs are said to be 16,400% more deadly than “terrorists.”
This does not in any way suggest that you should stop your prescription medication. You should always speak with your physician before doing so. What it suggests to me is that many people overutilize medication interventions.

10. Too few-Cholesterol medications are the most widely prescribed medication in the US. Antidepressants are the most common prescription medication among Austrailian women.
The first line of treatment for lowering cholesterol, particularly LDL (“bad” cholesterol), is nutrition and exercise. The FDA approved statins as the second line of treatment. Most people don’t know this. If your physician offered you a statin without speaking with you about nutrition and exercise first, either your physician thought you were lazy or you or he/she is.

That’s all for today, folks.  This mom is signing off to hit the carpool line.  Remember to take care of yourself, take your Vitamin D3, and I’ll be back tomorrow. Ciao!