Besides suicide, birth defects, low/no sex drive, trivial health matters all, anti-depressants double the risk of bone fractures. And we have children, babies, on these drugs.
People, you are a walking human experiment if you take anti-depressants. There are many alternatives to these medications--most involve finding the root cause of the problem. And the root cause is not "you were born with a brain imbalance". This passive, hopeless perspective can make depression worse on it's own.
Here are some imbalances that can cause depression:
- Thyroid insufficiency
- Adrenal fatigue
- Hormone imbalances
- Reactive hypoglycemia, blood sugar handling problems
But there are physiological problems that can lead to depression. Some can be alleviated by diet, exercise and natural solutions--including balancing hormones. This goes for men, too. Low testosterone is a huge cause of depression in men. A combination of talk therapy and natural treatments can have amazing results.
Anti-depressants should be a last resort in all but the most extreme, desperate cases. Otherwise, finding a health-building lifestyle regimen can eliminate depression and create a happy life--rather than avoid, or medicate a sad one.