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More FDA Warnings about Depression Medications Validate Your Natural Approach
With the number of cases rising dramatically worldwide, depression has become one of the most wide-reaching health issues we presently face. Right now, there are more than 121 million people suffering from depression, including many children. To find relief from the myriad of symptoms caused by depression, an estimated 25 percent of sufferers are taking at least one prescription medication to treat the disease.
The American Journal of Health reports that there are more than 2.7 million prescriptions written for antidepressant drugs each year in the United States alone – and more than 330,000 of these prescriptions are for children afflicted with the disease. Currently, antidepressants manufacturers warn that taking these medications can increase risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and adolescents.
What is Depression?
Depression is a condition often marked by a myriad of symptoms, including insomnia, changes in weight and appetite, fatigue and most commonly, prolonged feelings of sadness. Sometimes depression can be tracked to problems at work or in personal relationships, but more often the causes seem inexplicable to sufferers; they simply can’t understand why they feel so down.
Recently, federal health officials warned that young adults also face an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors when they first begin taking antidepressants and should be warned about the danger. The Food and Drug Administration asked makers of the drugs to expand its warning labels to include adults age 18-24. Many of the pharmaceutical companies making these drugs said they would comply with the FDA's request and update the antidepressant labels.
Although the official warning only applies to sufferers aged 24 and younger, the FDA advises that patients of all ages starting on antidepressants should be "monitored appropriately and observed closely" for suicidal thoughts or behaviors, unusual changes in behavior and worsening symptoms.
These symptoms refer to the multitude of other side effects that may be caused or exacerbated by the use of these antidepressant medications. Some common side effects include:
But instead of simply fearing the side effects of taking prescription or OTC drugs, it’s also important to realize that there are other ways to treat depression. Natural remedies can be very effective in maintaining mental health and well-being, without the risk of major side effects. Recent increased interest in the areas of complementary and alternative medicine shows it is much safer with fewer side effects and has a wide range of treatment options worth exploring.
What is Serotonin?
One of the main regulators of our moods is a brain chemical called serotonin. Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter, meaning that its presence allows our brain to interpret feelings of happiness, contentment and peace within ourselves. One of the key causes of depression is a lack of serotonin in the brain, caused either by depletion due to outside influences or the brain's inability to regulate the chemical's production.
For instance, there are natural alternatives to prescription medications that can help depression by actually encouraging the brain to produce more serotonin, something prescription drugs cannot do. St. John's Wort (one of the main ingredients in several Native Remedies' mood and depression products) has been used for centuries as a natural antidepressant and nerve tonic. Instead of simply disallowing the brain to naturally deplete its own serotonin levels, as in the case of antidepressants, natural remedies can help encourage normal brain functioning and the production of serotonin. This in turn helps stabilize moods and emotions, alleviate stress and promote feelings of wellbeing.
Natural Remedies' products are virtually free of any of the major side effects that plague prescription and OTC medications. With these options available, depression suffers worldwide can now rest easy knowing that there really are viable alternatives to conventional medicine. You can fight depression the natural way, and get back to living a fulfilling and balanced life!
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