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  • Despite 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants being filled each year, more than one in 20 Americans report being depressed
  • The serotonin theory (which claims depression results from "an imbalance of serotonin and other neurotransmitters" in your brain) is the most commonly used rationale for using antidepressant drugs, but has never been proven
  • Research has concluded there is little evidence that SSRIs (a popular group of antidepressants that includes Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and others) have any benefit to people with mild to moderate depression, and they work no better than a placebo
  • Some antidepressants actually increase your risk for violent thoughts and behaviors, including suicide. Clues to tell if a loved one is at risk for suicide are discussed. Antidepressant drugs are also associated with side effects such as diabetes, immune system dysfunction, stillbirths, brittle bones, strokes and death
  • Natural measures for depression involve addressing negative emotions, improving your nutrition (including making sure you’re getting enough good omega-3 fats), getting regular exercise, and optimizing your vitamin D levels

By Dr. Mercola

Every year, 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. The psychiatric industry itself is a $330 billion industry—not bad for an enterprise that offers little in the way of cures.

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