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Antidepressants: Are they for you?
Depression is a growing threat in contemporary society. Today, having depression or knowing someone with depression is not uncommon. Individuals who suffer from this illness often seek professional help and utilize popular antidepressants such as Prozac, Xanax and Zoloft just to name a few. These products are frequently prescribed upon request. In many cases, these drugs are important for the security of people who suffer from severe depression, who are genuinely in need of these powerful products. However, is it really possible that every individual prescribed these drugs is in need of such a major aid? After all, gaining possession of these products is not difficult and the use of them being taken for issues relatively small is becoming common. However, dangerous side-effects are linked to these powerful drugs and so we challenge you to ask yourself before surrendering over to prescription remedies, ‘have you first considered all natural options?’ and ‘do you really need them?’
Life can be a difficult journey and our biographical history can carry damp grey clouds that drag through many of our good days. People are all too ready to submit to the power of drugs so the drugs can solve their problems before the patient has made necessary attempts to solve their own problems through natural remedies. Instead, they resort to medication and sadly, all too many therapists provide patients with prescription drugs that are in some cases, not necessary and unhealthy. It is important, as Professors of Sociology John Mirowsky and Catherine Ross have discovered (2003), to ensure that natural resources and social environments are primarily considered in order to repair problems and drugs such as Prozac should be a last resort. Especially because they’re prone to being the cause for depression in some circumstances (Mirowsky and Ross: 2003). That is to say, drugs often suppress the problems that linger at the surface of our wellbeing but do not fix the problem itself, and can also, in some cases, be the cause of future health related issues. That’s not to say, of course, that speaking to a professional psychologist can’t help target and effectively assist in addressing personal issues in a healthy way with long term results. However, elements such as diet, exercise, domestic and professional circumstance should be brought to question in order to determine our emotional conditions when it comes to minor depression and deciding what changes might be appropriate to bring forward and stabilize our welfare. For instance, simple nutrients such as magnesium and iron added into our diets, which are both strongly linked to depressive symptoms, can for some, often be the difference between minor depression and happiness. As commonly known, exercise also plays a large part in a person’s physical and emotional wellbeing and can also function as a prevention of depression. However, what we often neglect to consider is our happiness in a social environment, especially in relation to work. Do we like our job? Is our role fulfilling? Is this job suitable for us? After all, we spend most of our time at work.
One of the problems in today’s culture is diversity. People are often faced with so many options that they’re unsure of which occupation to choose. Picking one can mean losing out on all the others. With this in mind it’s no wonder we postpone our choice. After all, what if we choose the wrong one? Another predominant issue is changing an occupation after many years, even after decades of working in the same role. A person may be in need of a change and want to change, but then why don’t they? Is it because they feel too old? Is it too hard? Are they afraid? After many years of being static in the same role each day, and although unhappy, people often find themselves comfortable and the leap into a different realm seems risky.
The reality is that many people will succumb to having a depression, rather than accepting that some issues may be due to social environments and if managed appropriately and effectively, perpetual wellbeing can be obtained. If we only live once and our happiness is at stake, why do we not take the plunge into a different profession that offers a more fulfilling role and ultimately, a happier life over all? Speaking to a professional or even a friend for guidance is strongly encouraged in order to stimulate a change in life and additionally, discover problematic situations that may be holding us back from obtaining what we truly desire. Sometimes all we need is someone to talk to in order to help us realize what we want and need.
Advice from a nutritionist and general practitioner can help investigate vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as well as other health related possibilities that can affect one’s emotional stability. The point is, prescription drugs are not always the solution and don’t necessarily benefit a person long term, as it cannot generally fix the problem that caused the person to require them in the first place—the drugs are designed for those with serious cases of depression and other exceptional cases. To put it simply, adopting a healthier lifestyle inclusive of all the right nutrients, as well as a change in our social milieu, can assist to increase the value of life and help alleviate depression. Some may even find that by taking these steps, they may not need antidepressants after all.
Mirowsky, J. and Ross, C. (2003), ‘Why Some People are More Distressed than Others’, The Social Causes of Psychological Distress, New York, Aldine de Gruyter.
Advanced spine and Wellness Clinic: Chronic Depression (2012): http://advancedbozeman.com/chronicpaindepression/: Advanced Bozeman Chiropractic. Accessed on 23 February 2013.