Sometimes antidepressants are more of a trap than a treatment.
They can take practically forever to start working. And when they do, the benefits are often limited at best and nonexistent at worst.
But as disturbing as that is, an alarming new report reveals something worse. For many patients, those aren’t even the biggest problems with antidepressants. That comes later when you try to quit them.
Because when you decide to ditch the drugs, and the side effects that come with them, the meds might have another idea. It turns out quitting an antidepressant could be a lot easier said than done.
That’s when you realize you’re caught in a trap. But today, I’ve got the key to get you out of that antidepressant jail.
Ditching mood meds can lead to relapse
The first goal for anyone starting on an antidepressant drug should be to safely get off it again as soon as possible. These meds are best used only as a short-term solution.
Because even if the antidepressant works to ease your depression or stabilize your mood, it can have a dark side. Drug side effects can make you miserable in other ways.
Everything from personality changes to weight gain is possible. Some users even report their antidepressant turns down ALL of their emotions.
In other words, the drug doesn’t just ease their depression. It also makes it difficult to feel other normal emotions such as happiness, joy, and passion. Plus, antidepressant meds have been linked to sexual problems, heart attack, stroke, and more.
So, of course, you want to quit them quickly. The trouble is, as the new study shows, that can sometimes be close to impossible. Because the longer you take an antidepressant, the higher the risk of relapse when you try to quit.
Nearly 500 patients who had been using antidepressant meds for more than three years and felt like their depression was gone were assigned to one of two groups. Group one was to taper off the meds, and group two was to keep taking them.
One year later, 56 percent of those in the taper group who quit the drugs had their depression come roaring back. Meanwhile, 39 percent of those who stayed on their antidepressant had a relapse.
Neither group fared well. But the taper group got the worst end of the stick by far. Besides relapsing at far higher rates, the folks who ditched the antidepressant also had far lower quality of life scores.
How to FINALLY quit that antidepressant
Now that might sound like a win for the drugs at first. And, of course, the conventional medicine approach would typically be to have you stay on them forever despite the dangers and side effects.
In fact, that’s precisely the spin many mainstream media outlets put on these study results. But what they ignored was that the study goes a step further. The researchers found that many people may still be able to quit their antidepressants anyway.
First, the research pinpointed a pair of factors that increase your odds of avoiding a relapse. You’re far less likely to suffer a renewed battle with depression after quitting your antidepressant if you…
- continue with counseling after quitting
- have strong connections to friends or family
Plus, many of the relapse cases weren’t as serious as the initial depression. And as a result, only half went back to their old meds.
I’ve got a third factor that could help some folks too. Curcumin is a natural therapy proven in a study to be as effective as the popular antidepressant drug fluoxetine (Prozac) in some cases but without the same side effects.
If you’re suffering from mood issues and aren’t on meds already, talk to your doc about other options first. Curcumin, 5HTP, SAMe, and exercise all may help improve your mood without resorting to an antidepressant.
If you’ve been on meds for a few years now and are looking for a way to taper off, talk to your doc about how to take advantage of the two factors identified in this new study… counseling and close connections. And while you are at it get the thumbs up to give curcumin a try too.
Discover more about the shocking antidepressant lie that could be putting you in danger (and solutions that REALLY work) in my earlier report here.