As the U.S. suicide rate ticks up, a new study has found that more than a third of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug that could raise their risk of depression.
Researchers analyzed medications taken by 26,000 adults from 2005 to 2014 and identified more than 200 widely used drugs that list depression or suicidal thoughts as possible side effects, including hormonal birth control pills, antacids like Prilosec and Zantac, beta-blockers, and the anti-anxiety pill Xanax.
About 37 percent of people took at least one of the drugs, and researchers discovered that the more of these drugs participants used at the same time, the greater their likelihood of depression. Some 15 percent of people who used three or more of the drugs—but didn’t take an antidepressant—had depression, while only 7 percent of those taking one and 5 percent who weren’t taking any had the condition.
Columbia University psychiatrist Philip Muskin tells The New York Times that he can’t say whether the widespread use of these drugs is contributing to the rising suicide rate, but adds, “Could it play a role? The honest answer is yes.”
The truth is, 30 million Americans take medication to treat depression, but for most people, antidepressants serve mostly as a placebo, scientists now say.
A startling 80% of Americans now report experiencing intense, chronic stress over personal finances and the economy. The problem is not isolated to the U.S: The World Health Organization estimates that stress-related disorders affect nearly 450 million individuals worldwide.
The effects of this pandemic on public health are profound.
Researchers have linked the cumulative impact of stress on a host of age-accelerating conditions and degenerative diseases.
These range from cardiovascular disease to diabetes to various cancers. As this graph clearly demonstrates, the research on the effects of stress demonstrate the damaging effects allowing stress to rule your life.
The good news is that recent confirmatory data show targeted nutritional interventions exert a beneficial effect on many of the biological risk factors produced by stress.
Numerous medical journals report that St. John’s Wort is as effective as some of the most frequently prescribed antidepressants, without the side-effects. In addition, Tyrosine elevates the levels of epinephrine and dopamine, the brain’s “feel good” hormones.
B-complex vitamins that contain thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin are helpful in dealing with physical stress, according to nutrition experts at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. These vitamins are often recommended to help acute stress associated with surgery and injuries. B vitamins play a vital part in energy metabolism. Finally, the substances choline and inositol found in a vitamin b-complex offer a calming effect that can be helpful in dealing with stress.
You may not be aware that emerging science also touts calcium, the so-called miracle mineral for its potential to promote weight loss, relieve depression and anxiety associated with premenstrual syndrome, control high blood pressure, and ward off strokes. According to the most recent research, low magnesium also plays a crucial role in the development of depression, attention deficit disorder, heart attack and diabetes.
5-Hydroxytryptophan or 5-HTP, has voluminous research and writings about its ability to adjust the serotonin levels in the brain, creating a much more tranquil and non-aggressive attitude without the mental dullness associated with drugs that attempt to do the same. Several double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of 5-HTP in the treatment of depression.
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