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Happy pills

Antidepressant prescription and eventually their doses have doubled over the past decade, yet depression and anxiety are spiraling out of control.

The real cause of depression does not seem to be completely inside our heads, and pill-popping is just a stop-gap measure, which may even be harmful.

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Depression and medication

Doctors for long treated depression as something inside your brain, which can be treated with meds, with no outside influence.

Certain exceptions (like losing a loved one and this leading to extreme depression) raised suspicion that this orthodox and old treatment of depression has always been wrong.

Isolated diagnosis

To treat someone who seemingly has depression, while isolating this from any other situation, event or circumstance that might have triggered it is a flawed way to diagnose a potential mental illness.

The root cause of the problem of depression is not addressed in this way.

About statistics

Drug companies fund loads of studies, yet publish a few favorable results, handpicked from the vast amount of varied data, hiding the rest, to show to the public that their drug works.

Antidepressants fact

Between 65 to 80% of people on antidepressants fall back to depression within one year.

 Depression and serotonin

Attributing depression to spontaneously low serotonin is "deeply misleading and unscientific".

According to Dr. David Healy, there was never any basis for it, ever. It was just a marketing copy.

Causes of depression

Toxic environments, family problems, stressful situations, and unappreciated or meaningless work are the real causes of depression, and it is not really a problem with the brain.

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Serotonin

Serotonin is considered to be the "feel good" chemical in the brain. In addition to helping regulate your mood, serotonin has a number of different jobs throughout the body from your gut to blood clotting to sexual function.

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Depression is often measured by scientists using something called the Hamilton Scale. It runs from 0 (where you are dancing in ecstasy) to 59 (where you are suicidal). 

  • Improving your sleep patterns gives you a movement on the Hamilton Scale of around 6 points. 
  • Chemical antidepressants give you an improvement, on average, of 1.8 points, according to research by professor Irving Kirsch of Harvard University. 
What we need to be Happy

Depression is caused by the lack of what we need to be happy:

  • We need to belong to a group. 
  • We need to be valued by other people.
  • We need to know that we are good at something.
  • We need to know we are secure in our future.