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Facts about Antidepressant medication

by beyondwellness, February 6, 2013

Facts about Antidepressant medication

You’ve seen it in television ads, read it in newspaper articles, maybe even heard it from your doctor: depression is caused by chemical imbalance in the brain that medication can correct. According to the imbalance theory, low levels of the serotonin lead to depression and medication works by bringing serotonin levels back to normal. However, the truth is that researchers know very little about how antidepressants work. There is no test that could measure the amount of serotonin in the living brain – no way to even know what a low or normal level of serotonin is, that alone shows that medication for depression fixes these levels.

Serotonin levels increase and balance itself naturally through Cranial Sacral Therapy, Meditation and Exercise.

There are many different types of drugs used in the treatment of depression, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) atypical antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monogmine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Side effects are common in all antidepressants. For many people, the side effects are not worth the trade off. The most widely prescribed antidepressants come from the class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (Prozac, Luvox, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, Celexa).

Common side effects of SSRI antidepressants:

Nausea
Insomnia
Anxiety
Suicidal thoughts
Dry mouth
Constipation
Tremors
Sweating
Sleepiness
Fatigue
Headaches
Restlessness
Decreased sex drive
Dizziness
Weight gain or loss
Diarrhea

Antidepressants help to regulate or control mood, by suppressing emotions into the body. As the result the depressants cause the wide range of side effects in the physical body. Also, antidepressants are not selective to what emotions are being suppressed. While you are feeling lower levels of anxiety, fear, insecurity or worry, you may also be feeling lower levels of excitement, love, passion or happiness.

When Cranial Sacral Therapist work with clients suffering from depression they may induce altered states of consciousness or (Alpha State) to help modify behaviors by releasing “heavy emotions” from the body , uncover suppressed traumas and provide relaxation.

One of the ironies of Depression is that it requires full mental alertness for the mind/body to think through its causes and take behavioral corrective action. Prescription sedatives, on the other hand, act by dulling, or depressing brain function, to create sensation of calm. The use of sedatives can make it difficult to get mental grasp on one’s stress problem and take the internal steps needed to eliminate it.

Cranial Sacral Therapy provides the Body/Mind/Spirit connection we so often hear about in Eastern Philosophies. This suggests that the Body can heal itself if the body+mind+spirit are working in sync or synergy with each other. If one part of the body is not functioning correctly then a person will experience uncomfortable symptoms. These symptoms may manifest physically or emotionally, as in the case of depression. Nausea Insomnia Anxiety Suicidal thoughts Dry mouth Constipation Tremors Sweating Sleepiness Fatigue Headaches Restlessness Decreased sex drive Dizziness Weight gain or loss Diarrhea.

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