Mood disorders are debilitating, and they’re on the rise. Here are some effective, safe tools to help overcome these disorders, that your doctor may not tell you about.
Depression and anxiety disorders are more common than ever. Whether that’s because our modern world is so upside-down crazy coo-coo, due to cultural factors, or simply due to increased awareness of these disorders, the fact is that a growing number of people will feel the yawning void moving to swallow them whole… and turn to their doctors for help.
Depression and mood disorders are not well understood. Many of your friends and family members who don’t have personal experience with mood disorders may offer ‘just exercise more, or take this vitamin, or just don’t be so sad’ typed advice, to your unending chagrin. And while our doctors and psychologists may act as if they have all the answers, the truth is that new research often turns our entire understanding of mood on its metaphorical head… and a surprisingly large number of people don’t benefit from medical intervention at all.
If you’re suffering with a mood disorder, there are many tools that you can access to help you cope, thrive, and overcome the darkness you’re feeling. Due to the fast-pace of our modern health care system, your doctor may not have the time to share all of these with you, and may turn immediately to what I like to call The One-Two-Punch of Conventional Modern Mood Disorder Treatment: namely, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibiting antidepressants (SSRI or SNRI drugs).
Serotonin Deficiency and Mood Disorder
If you feel that you need to take an SSRI or SNRI, I support you 100%. You know what you need better than anyone, and these drugs can help people who really need it. However, these drugs are dangerous, and the mechanisms by which they operate aren’t well understood:
Serotonin Deficiency is a neat and tidy way of describing how SSRI or SNRI drugs may treat depression and other mood disorders. Feeling sad? You must have too little serotonin, the pedantically nicknamed “Happiness Hormone”!
There is actually no evidence that serotonin deficiency is even a thing, let alone that it causes depression.
Blood tests show only blood levels of serotonin, not brain levels, which is where serotonin would affect mood, and which are impossible to test. Some say you can never have too much of a good thing… and though these drugs come with sometimes life threatening dangers, a likelihood of challenging side effects, and often dangerous withdrawals, they can treat many of the symptoms of depression and other mood disorders… aka, they may help you feel better. If you’ve suffered with depression, you know that sometimes, feeling better is necessary to survival.
These Drugs Are Dangerous. Your Doctor May Not Understand, or Share These Dangers With You.
The mechanisms by which SSRIs and SNRIs work is still not well understood, and serious side-effects and withdrawals are common. I took an SNRI for physical pain for two months, and went through eighteen months of serious withdrawal. This was after suffering uncomfortable physical, mental and emotional side effects; effects that are disturbing common and frequently severe.