Mother’s Little Helper? New research challenges antidepressant claims.

Over 35 years ago it was suggested by pharmaceutical companies that their antidepressant tablets would raise the serotonin levels and in doing so, tackle depression. A recent article published in the BMJ, (British Medical Journal) suggests that the pharmaceutical claim that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain may well be inaccurate. The publication quotes the consultant psychiatrist who led the study…

“After a vast amount of research over decades, there is no convincing evidence depression is caused by serotonin abnormalities, particularly by lower levels or reduced activity of serotonin.”

~Professor Joanna Moncrieff

To read an appraisal of the publication, click this link to the website, ScienceDaily. (Your source for the latest research news.)

My own thoughts

I think that this is very good news, as it gives us all renewed hope that depression can be eradicated without the use of drugs. I have been concerned since the 70s how many people have been using them daily for many years. They have the tendency to numb the mind, making you feel fuzzy headed and can create an addiction which is difficult to withdraw from.

“Thousands of people suffer from side-effects of antidepressants, including the severe withdrawal effects that can occur when people try to stop them, yet prescription rates continue to rise. We believe this has been driven partly by the false belief depression is due to a chemical imbalance. It is high time to inform the public that this belief is not grounded in science.”

~Professor Joanna Moncrieff

We can start by helping ourselves

So what can we do to reduce depression in ourselves? Our mood can be elevated by spending time in nature. Breathing fresh air and enjoying natural sunshine are added benefits to our mental and physical well being. Our immune system is stronger when we enjoy time outdoors walking and exercising. Even as little as a 20 minute daily walk can destress us from a busy day and is great for a calmer state of mind. Taking time out to appreciate the beauty of nature also supports our attitude of gratitude which encourages greater happiness.

Good natural foods like fresh vegetables and less chemically processed products are really beneficial to our overall well being.

The simple act of looking upwards rather than down at a phone will raise your mood.

Take a break from social media and particularly the news as they can have a very negative effect on your state of mind and can make you feel powerless and out of control.

“Many people take antidepressants because they have been led to believe their depression has a biochemical cause, but this new research suggests this belief is not grounded in evidence.”

~Professor Joanna Moncrieff

I’m here to help

When considering coming off any medication in preference to talking therapy, always consult with your doctor first.

Talking therapy can really help you get through challenging times; couples counselling, job issues, sudden life changes, phobias, outdated habits… all of these can be addressed. I like to offer tools and techniques rather than just listen and many clients over the years have told me how much they appreciate this. I have studied many techniques over the years and never offer a “one size fits all” mentality as everyone comes with their own unique situations, issues and circumstances. I truly enjoy working with my clients and witnessing the transformations they make in their lives. I hope to help you as well, to getting closer to making your dreams a reality.

If you think this is the better option then please do get in touch. My speedy booking questionnaire will help us both get together to tackle the issues as soon as possible. Looking forward to working with you…

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