Why Depression Medication Doesn’t Work
For far too long we have all been deceived by the drug companies that depression can be cured through antidepressant medication.**
There is now clear evidence to show this simply isn’t true.
And probably the worst part of all this is that the large drug companies that spend billions of dollars on marketing and advertising to promote these drugs as safe and effective, bribe doctors to prescribe their drugs to patients who don’t need them and misrepresent medical research studies result to make us believe they work, have known they have very little effect on depression for years.
In a recent report published in the The New England Journal of Medicine, a team of researchers set to take a critical look at the research studies that were funded and published by drug companies.
What they discovered was very interesting.
Firstly because it is not compulsory for drug companies to release results of all their studies, instead they would release the studies that showed positive results yet only made a small percentage of the studies with negative results available to the public. And even then these negative studies were, in the words of the researchers, “published in a way that conveyed a positive outcome.”
Even for these respected and experienced medical researchers it was hard to find all the negative studies that the drug companies had tried to bury.
But after scouring the FDA databases, calling researchers involved in these studies, and tracking down hidden data under the Freedom of Information Act, they found 74 studies involving 12 drugs and over 12,000 people.
From these studies they discovered that 37 of 38 trials with positive results were published, but only 14 of 36 negative studies were published.
Basically this showed that around half the time the drugs were not effective. Yet they hid these facts and sold them anyway.
And the fact is we don’t really need this research to tell us these drugs don’t work because millions of these antidepressant prescriptions are written for people every year yet most people taking these drugs never get relief from depression. Drugs are masking the problems and not addressing our issues at the source.
And of those that do, research has found 75 percent get the same results using a placebo.
Why Don’t These Antidepressant Drugs Work?
The simple fact is these drugs don’t provide a long term solution because they target the symptoms not the causes of depression. They take a simplified approach to a complex mental illness.
Most antidepressants are formulated on the assumption that depression is caused by major life stressors and an is an imbalance in neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine.
But again there is a lot of research that highlight depression is caused further up the chain of events in the brain, such as this study from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, which found:
- Chronic stress does not cause the same molecular changes that depression does, yet the majority of antidepressants are based on the hypothesis that stress causes depression. The hypothesis appears to be incorrect, meaning the drugs are virtually worthless.
- An imbalance in neurotransmitters in your brain may not trigger depressive symptoms as has long been thought. Instead, the biochemical events that lead to depression appear to begin in the development and functioning of neurons. This means antidepressants focus on the effect of depression, and completely miss the cause. Just one more reason why they ineffective for most people.
But there is another problem with antidepressants, and this is a big one.
Not only are the ineffective for the majority of people but for those that get relief in these studies, 75% get the same results from sugar-pills.
But these drugs also come with major adverse side effects. In fact 86 percent of people taking these medications will experience one or more of the following:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Loss of mental abilities
- Weight gain
So any positives received from anti-depressants can be quickly outweighed by the adverse side affects almost all people will receive.
What Is The Answer?
There are now many natural proven methods for both reducing your odds of suffering depression and also curing depression if you are already suffering from this debilitating mental illness.
Regular exercise is proven to release feel-good brain chemicals that ease depression such as neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids, and reducing stress.
Maintaining a healthy diet that is low in grains such as wheat and rich in vegetables and foods containing healthy fats such as raw nuts, avocados and olive oil is crucial for overall wellbeing and healthy brain function.
Fresh Air and Sunshine
Vitamin D which we get from sunshine is shown to reduce the likelihood of depression. Also getting outside, being active and spending time with positive people you care about you and doing things you enjoy should be a part of everybody’s routine.
Seeking Help From A Mental Health Professional
If you or someone you know if showing signs of depression, or have been diagnosed then it’s crucial you talk to a mental health professional. Many times your GP will not have the expertise and experience to deal with depression effectively.
Seeking help from an expert who specialises in dealing with depression and mental illness will ensure you get the right treatment and a complete solution to cure your depression for good. Instead of prescribing the same old drugs that we now know to be ineffective.
At Brain Wellness Spa, we see the treatment of depression differently to most. We use a proprietary technical called QNR, which stands for Quantum Neuro Recoding, and it works in the unconscious brain which is where the root of ALL emotional and mental problems are found. Think of your brain as an iceberg, with only about 20% jutting out from the surface of the water and the remaining 80% is underwater and cannot be seen.
QNR works on the part of your brain that is ‘underwater’, the unconscious, whereas other treatment options only work on the 20% of conscious ‘above water’ area of the brain.
Find out more information about drug free treatments for depression.
**Note that the advice given in this article should never be viewed as a replacement for medications or other recognised treatments and/or therapies without qualified medical advice from your doctor.