Tipping the Scales, Balancing Meds V’s No Meds (Bipolar depression

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Weighing up the evidence, it is hard to conclude that using medication in combating depression is the way to go. Please don’t take my advice here as gospel, but it is advice derived from professionals in the field along with mounting scientific evidence that there is little positive impact from using anti-depressants in anything but the most serious cases of the illness.

It is the new code amongst medical professionals that every other means of treatment should now be exhausted before the pharmaceutical route is taken, the new meds clinically proving from mountains of research that they bring with them side effects a plenty, but very little in the way of a cure. I guess life could never be as simple as that, if battling against a stoke and winging your way back onto your feet, if doing your damnest to get back to normal after a serious breakup, if trying to beat drug addiction or in recovery from a broken leg, none of these are solvable by popping a few pills down your throat.

Sure in almost all of the scenarios popping a pill or two wont do any harm, and may be necessary, yet taking meds is only a partial solution, be it soul searching, be it getting healthy exercise and changing your diet, or getting plenty of bed rest, in all cases the war is fought on many fronts. Getting back on top can’t be sorted just by putting chemicals into your body, and the research is showing that in the instances of anti-depression medications putting these chemicals in is only marginally more worthwhile an activity than swallowing a sugar pill. Whether you are ailed by major depressive episodes or bipolar depression it is only by mixing it up, using words, exercise, diet, society and drugs that you can hope to combat.

Go down the medication route however, and it doesn’t all end with the drug helping you, if indeed it is of any benefit at all. There is still one small matter of dealing with the consequences for your body, and some of the side effects can be quite difficult to handle the thought of, let alone handle if they actually appear. You would think with having bipolar depression or another ailment of the mind that you had enough on your plate, wouldn’t you? Let’s go through the list, and see how these sound to you.

What about a rise in your blood pressure and your pulse. When nausea, and vomiting come round it isn’t a pleasant place to be. Headaches, and dizziness, drowsiness, and dry mouth, handle able, all handle able I hear you say, ‘and anyway it is unusual that you would experience all of the side effects.’ But wait, there is more. Sweating, screwing up your lab tests, insomnia, constipation. ‘Oh wow,’ you thinking about going the natural route to achieve your goals of getting over this yet? Sexual dysfunction, what if I threw that one in there? Agitation, restlessness, blurred vision, weight gain – In fact the list goes on, the implication of trying to take the easy way out can be quite severe and the easy way out is seldom the right way out.

Going beyond the atypical antidepressants and the potential side effects actually worsen hypotension, urinary hesitancy, sedation, rashes, fatigue, you know I thought that these things were supposed to be curing you, but as well as being about as effective for anyone but the most severely depressed as leaving your ice cube house in front of the fire place for safe keeping, they can be damaging and addictive too.

It is a big ‘no no’ in the medical field to dole out these happy pills to anyone with an addictive personality whatsoever, but the US culture where people actually go into their doctor and ask for a drug by name, (How crazy is that?) it has led to more addicts to these pills than will ever be known. Weigh up the pros and cons before accepting any kind of treatment for your depression, solving it is always about balance. Follow your nose on this one even in this period when your decision making abilities have been limited by your ailment.

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