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Depression and Drugs - Too Much of a Bad Thing

A recent article featured in the August 6th issue of U.S. News & World Report revealed that depression is overly diagnosed in America and over-treated with anti-depressants.� What the article did not say is that the main treatment for depression used by physicians worldwide - anti-depressant drugs- doesn’t work, even on those who are correctly diagnosed with depression.

The problem is two fold: First, too many people are diagnosed with clinical depression, when they actually just have sadness or grief.� Secondly, those that are accurately diagnosed get a bad treatment in the form of anti-depressant medications - a misnomer of a name for a class of drugs that are not “anti” depressants at all.� Rather they are more akin to zombie creating drugs that calm people down.

I am not worried about physicians being overly aggressive in diagnosing depression.� Frankly, even grief reactions and sadness could use a little help and uplifting for those who are experiencing it.� There is a continuum of severity of depression ranging from melancholic to frank clinical depression and everyone needs help.

But when the only treatment in mainstream medicine is a toxic drug that tops the top 10 sales list year in and year out and doesn’t even alter the clinical course, then this is a miserable attempt at correcting the problem.

We see the same sort of approach with other maladies like migraine headaches, menopause and Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or PMS (also called PMDD).� Here, mainstream medicine usually does a good job of diagnosing, but is clueless on how to make them better.

The proper approach to all of these problems is to assess them hormonally.� Hormones, (or the deficiency of them more accurately), are the driving factors that cause a migraine headache, various headache symptoms, depression, PMS or PMDD.� Replenishing the deficient hormone(s) is the more natural, effective and safer alternative.�

As far as anti-depressant drugs are concerned, society would be better off without them.� Diagnose as many people with sadness or grief, but give them a little encouragement and bio-identical hormones.

�Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas





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