Ok the holidays are just about here.  That means family visits and friends over and food, fun, shopping, cooking, baking, office parties; yes we can all understand that.  But some of us get really depressed during this season.  For whatever reason things get restimulated like childhood memories or maybe the loss of your parents.  I know some people who worked in the insurance industry and they tell me  medical records show that during this season antidepressant medications are either switched or the dosage is upped around the holidays. This increases the chance of becoming addicted and possible drug abuse.

A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed that when people suffering with depression who were not getting adequate results from antidepressants added regular exercise into their daily routine and they improved dramatically.  The figures say 30% achieving full remission of their depression.  Well done to the professionals for even looking at other approaches beside antidepressants for their patients.  A note here is that not only are these antidepressants ineffective but for many individuals they simply dangerous.

Let’s look at some of the common effects of SSRIs:


Nervousness (you are not depressed but you are nervous, wow)



Sexual dysfunction, Dizziness, stomach upset, and weight gain

I don’t know if you now this or not but elevated levels of serotonin cause by SSRIs can cause changes in your cell neurons that can be classified as brain damage.  Did you also know that all antidepressants are required by the FDA to carry a warning about the risk of suicidal thoughts, hostility, and agitation?

So you want to look for an alternative answer if you are depressed.  There is a connection between mood and food.  If you were to test some that are depressed you would find them deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.  The foods we eat are deficient in nutrients.  We do eat lots of processed foods and refined carbohydrates.  When a person starts eating more real food they can see a dramatic improvement in their depressive symptoms.

When a person has a B 12 level that is low it can cause a wide range of vague symptoms like lack of energy, memory problems, sleeplessness, constipation or diarrhea, vision problems, weakened immune system and mental fog or confusion and depression.  You heard it right B 12 deficiency can cause depression and mood swings.  So get you some B 12 supplement that actually gets into your blood stream.  Under the tongue usually is effective.

I do know that there are many ads on the TV that tout getting a prescription if you are feeling depressed.  Try some natural approaches first like exercise, eating right; taking good vitamins and maybe you can have Happy Holidays.

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