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Depression and Antidepressants – What They Don’t Want You to Know

In the summer of 2001, after being on Prozac for more than a decade, I made the life-altering decision to go off of antidepressants.

Despite what doctors and nearly everyone else around me were saying – that I had a chemical imbalance and that antidepressants were essential to keep me going – I believed otherwise. Intuitively, I knew that there was a better way to live, yet almost no one in my support system was in agreement with this line of thinking.

For the millions of people facing depression and who have similar doubts about medication being the only answer, a book has arrived that completely validates our concerns.

In the New York Times best-seller A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, Dr. Kelly Brogan, an MIT and Cornell-trained psychiatrist, gives us the hard facts about antidepressants and busts all of the widely believed myths about this class of drugs.

In fact, the medical community is so terrified of the truth being exposed in A Mind of Your Own that Dr. Brogan and this book have been blacklisted by the mainstream media. Yes, blacklisted!  Why?

Because this book contains information that the pharmaceutical industry, which has enormous influence over the mainstream media, does not want you to know about. They want you to believe the lies and propaganda, so you’ll be a life-long customer of antidepressants.

Dr. Brogan, who displays serious scientific rigor and analysis, does not mince words at all. Among many other things, she says or quotes the following:

“It’s a fabrication of science to think that these drugs (antidepressants) have a place in medicine, what is meant to be the art of healing.”

“It could be argued that antidepressants are the new tobacco.”

“Not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

“Antidepressants have repeatedly shown in long-term scientific studies to worsen the course of mental illness.”

Psychiatry remains the wastebasket for the shortcomings of conventional medicine in terms of diagnosing and treating.”

“Published research is unreliable at best, if not completely false,” referring to the comments made by Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of the much revered Lancet.

These are heavy words, to say the least.

And as to why she wrote this book:

“I’m compelled to share what I’ve learned from witnessing the corruption of modern psychiatry and its sordid history while investigating holistic methods that focus on nutrition, meditation, and physical activity.”

Along with completely destroying the notion that antidepressants are the only effective way to deal with depression, Dr. Brogan puts forth her 30-day holistic program in great detail, which addresses all areas of diet, supplements, environment, stress management/meditation, exercise, sleep, water and other lifestyle habits. The plan directly addresses the main causes of depression – glitches in the immune system and inflammatory pathways – instead of the false narrative that serotonin levels are to blame.

If anyone you know is suffering from depression or is on antidepressants, A Mind of Your Own is an absolute MUST-READ, and it is not just for women. Men can absolutely benefit from this book as well.

A Mind of Your Own is an incredibly important piece of work.

I interviewed Dr. Brogan on Facebook Live and to watch the replay of it, go to my Facebook page and search for the interview on April 15, 2016.

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Was Taking Antidepressants in College The Right Decision at the Time?

This is a very complex question that my father and I discuss from time to time. He insists that it was the right decision for me to go on it and doesn’t regret it at all. He also thinks I should never have gone off antidepressants when I did in 2001.  He and my mother were adamantly against this decision.

For me, the question of whether going on antidepressants was the right decision brings up many thoughts and additional questions.

* As I talked about in my last post related to this subject, there were tremendous and disastrous repercussions for going on Prozac. There is no doubt about it.

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A Recent Date: Do You Mind If I Drink?

I had a very interesting lunch date recently with this very beautiful Indian woman. A friend of mine thought that I would enjoy meeting her and set the two of us up.

Why did he think I would like her? (1) He thinks she’s awesome  (2) He knows that I am very attracted to Indian women (the love of my life is Indian) and (3) There is almost nothing that I find more sexy than a woman who meditates. She meditates. (Meditation is a huge part of my life and is something I first started doing in 1991).

Even though I knew almost nothing about her, the conversation flowed pretty effortlessly. Aside from the meditation, we are both very into yoga and eating healthy. This was the first woman I’ve met in a long time who thought it was fantastic that I eat almost 100% organic. That kind of surprised me. Normally, I don’t get that reaction. What I tend to hear is “isn’t that a little extreme” or “don’t you ever want to go to a nice restaurant with your friends?” or “you can’t be so rigid.”

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“I Was Told My Brain Was Broken”

In November, I put up blog entry titled The Repercussions of Going on Antidepressants, and I received a comment on this post the other day that both disturbed me and confirmed what I already knew. I thought it merited its own discussion here.

The woman who wrote the comment calls herself NoRx4Me and left the following information:

I was put on an SSRI at 24 years old during a bad marriage. I needed guidance and support, instead I was told my brain was broken.

SSRI’s led to stimulants, mood stabilizers, SNRI’s, and lithium for a short time. I was a mess. I lost 13 years. I have little memory of those years (especially sad, because I was raising two boys). I didn’t grow as a person at all. I quit dating in 2003 and never developed knew friendships either. I didn’t even realize this was odd until I was off meds.

I probably would have responded like some others on here while I was still under the influence and told you the meds were great. With a clear mind and 20/20 hindsight, I know the facts, my life was destroyed.

And they do cause physical problems; I lost a ton of hair, and my teeth are a mess. I look like I’ve aged 20 years instead of 10.

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