Are antidepressants being overused?
The depressive symptoms can effectively be alleviated by antidepressants widely prescribed by the doctors. However, the truth is that antidepressants don’t work for everyone.
Numerous researchers discovered more treatment options for depression that may supplement and/or replace antidepressants. For instance, one recent study has confirmed the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs in treating depression.
The Study: Anti-inflammatory Drugs Alleviate Depression
According to 2017 study from the Cambridge University, anti-inflammatory medicine may alleviate the symptoms of depression. The results showed that about a third of patients who are resistant to antidepressants show evidence of inflammation, so, anti-inflammatory treatments could be relevant for a large number of people who suffer from depression.
The Problem with Antidepressants
Antidepressants treat depression by altering the number of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain.
However, the serotonin theory has lost scientific credibility over the years. Actually, researchers who followed the serotonin in healthy participants found that these individuals did not develop any depressive symptoms as a result.
That shows that antidepressants work only for some people, like those whose depression is associated with a notable chemical imbalance in the brain.
Yet, they are still prescribed to the public too much. The National Institute of Mental Health, claims that antidepressants remain the second most commonly prescribed medication in the US (254 million prescriptions per year).
According to the study of Cambridge University, the inappropriate uses of traditional antidepressants can be reduced by introducing more diverse, alternative treatment options.
So what should you do about depression?
If you start to experience symptoms of depression you should first consult a medical professional and determine the root cause(s) of your condition in order to treat them appropriately.
We offer you a few fundamental lifestyle changes that you could make at home to naturally reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms of depression.
Try to make changes below:
– Walk, jog or run for 30 minutes a day.
The people who perform even the moderate levels of physical activity can reduce the risk of developing major chronic diseases, stress, and depression.
– Cut down on added sugar
According to many types of research sweet foods and beverages with added sugar have been linked to the risks of depression. For that reason is recommended to eat less processed foods, and reduce the amount of added sugar you use in cooking by two-thirds. Instead, you can use natural sweeteners, like stevia or honey.
– Eat fresh, natural, inflammation-fighting foods
Get enough healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, and salmon) and fresh fruits and vegetables rich with zinc and B-vitamins (bananas, pomegranates, and spinach).
– Drink more coffee and less alcohol
It is recommended to drink up to 4 cups of coffee a day and you’ll reduce your risk of depression. Additionally, you should reduce alcohol consumption, because heavier consumption has been linked to higher risk of depression.
– Aim to get 7 hours of sleep every night
The lack of sleeping can cause neurotransmitter problems and depression.
– Practice open-minded thinking and meditation
Both of the techniques, meditation and mindful thinking have been proven to lower negative psychological stress.
– Surround yourself with family and friends
The mental wellness can be increased by a strong, positive social network.
– Cultivate a sense of purpose
By finding a sense of purpose through setting meaningful or spirituality goals can help to increase life satisfaction and reduce the depressive symptoms.
- Please consult a physician before making any adjustment to your health care, diet, and/or lifestyle or beginning any treatment program.
- Do not avoid any prescribed medications or treatments without consulting your doctor.