Mood meds can rot your brain
Think depression stinks? You’re right, it does.
But depression’s got nothing on the so-called cures, which can screw with your head so badly you might wish for the good old days when all you had to worry about was depression.
New research finds the mind-melting, brain-draining, personality-changing effects of these drugs are so common that it’s rare not to battle one or more of them. In fact, of the survey of 1,829 antidepressant patients finds that:
- 62 percent battle the humiliation of “sexual difficulties”
- 60 percent feel “emotionally numb”
- 52 percent don’t feel like themselves
- 50 percent have suicidal thoughts
- 42 percent suffer a “reduction in positive feelings”
- 39 percent “care less about others”
These are just the psychological side effects uncovered by the new study——but they’re hardly the only risks.
Antidepressants can also cause personality changes so severe your friends might think you’re the victim of a body snatcher. They can cause you to get so fat so fast you’ll think you’ve been inflated. They can also cause you to puke, sweat, shake and leave you so dizzy you won’t be able to tell up from down.
Think that’s enough? I’m just getting started, because, antidepressants can raise the risk of heart problems, superbug infections, stroke and more.
But forget the risks for a moment, because the biggest problem with these drugs is that...
THEY DON’T WORK!
You read that right. Some 30 million Americans are taking antidepressants right now based on a fairy tale——the promise that the drugs will help them to live happily ever after.
It’s one of the biggest pharma frauds ever foisted on the public, because most of these drugs can’t even beat placebos in new clinical trials.
But don’t worry. There are simple, safe and highly effective cures for depression that you can put to work for you tonight.
Here’s a rundown of five of the easiest mood-boosters out there:
MOOD BOOSTER #1: STEAK NIGHT
If the smell of the delicious meats on the grill or under the broiler isn’t enough to lift your spirits, the B vitamins packed inside every juicy steak (cooked rare, of course) sure will.
One study found that every 10-milligram boost in B6 and 10-microgram boost in B12 in the blood will cut your risk of depression by 2 percent. Sure it’s only 2 percent——but this rises with the dose. Toss in a “side dish” of a high-quality B complex, and your depression risk will plunge.
MOOD BOOSTER #2: GO FISHING
What’s better than casting out your line, putting up your feet and cracking open a cold one? Absolutely nothing!
The experience alone is enough to lift your spirits. And for an extra boost, be sure to eat the catch of the day——because the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can cross the blood-brain barrier turbocharging your noggin and driving the blues away.
Of course, you can’t go fishing every day, so take a fish oil supplement. Or, better yet, visit a sushi restaurant once a week or more.
MOOD BOOSTER #3: BEACH VACATION
Like fishing, lying out on the beach is a mood booster of its own——but it’s not just because of the lovely lady stretched out on the towel next to you.
The vitamin D you get from sun exposure is a powerful mood-boosting hormone that can prevent, ease or cure depression.
Just make sure you pass on the sunscreen. The only protection you really need is an umbrella. When you start to turn pink, pop it open and trade the sunlight for some shade.
MOOD BOOSTER #4: DRINK UP
I’m sure you’ve heard alcohol is the worst thing for depression. But here’s what they won’t tell you: people who DON’T drink are much more likely to get depressed in the first place.
At worst, alcohol neither causes nor cures depression, according to studies. At best, a night out bendling elbows with pals can lift anyone out of the dumps.
MOOD BOOSTER #5: SEX
I know, this one’s obvious. And there’s a biological reason for it: Sex releases——among other things——a blast of feel-good endorphins more potent than any med on the market, so get busy... and get better.
If you need a little more help, don’t turn to drugs. Try a time-tested and science-backed natural remedy such as St. John’s wort, tryptophan, DLPA (dl-phenylalanine) or SAMe (s-adenosylmethionine).