Medication for Anxiety and Depression: Pros and Cons
Why anxiety canâ€™t be treated by injecting serotonin into the bloodstream?
The answer to this is that serotonin has a complicated relationship with the nerves and while it makes you feel peaceful when itâ€™s in the brain,
if it gets into the skin nerves, it hurts â€“ serotonin is what makes nettle stings hurt. Eating serotonin doesnâ€™t work either, as your brain cleverly keeps it out.
Can you increase the bodyâ€™s levels of serotonin?
Many people argue that you can. Serotonin is naturally produced by the body and diet can indeed help the body produce more of it, with bananas, dates and papayas being thought to be good for increasing the bodyâ€™s production of serotonin.
Another intriguing finding by one researcher also suggests that people with a larger muscle mass have more serotonin in their systems because of the way that muscles (as opposed to other body tissues) use amino acids to get moving.
(These facts make this writer think that if you munch a banana and go for a nice long walk, youâ€™ll start feeling better â€“ sounds like something my mother would have said.)
One of the advantages of taking medications such as SSRIs to combat anxiety is that they do work.
That is, they do increase the levels of serotonin in the brain and help the person taking them feel more peaceful.
However, like many other medications, especially those that tinker with the hormones, SSRIs have side effects (the only hormone-related medication that doesnâ€™t seem to is insulin, which Type 1 diabetics have to inject because their body doesnâ€™t produce this hormone).
Some of the side effects of SSRIs are seen when beginning to take these medications and include dizziness, fatigue, weight gain, reduced bone mass, headaches, very peculiar dreams, diarrhoea, insomnia and more.
Later on, SSRIs can interfere with sexuality, usually loss of libido, impotence and inability to reach orgasm (spoilsport!).
And if you have been taking SSRIs for some time, you can get dependent on them and have trouble coming off them â€“ which would be called an addiction for a non-prescribed substance.
What’s more, for low-grade depression and anxiety, SSRIs don’t actually do that much – the place where they work best is when treating people with very severe depression or anxiety.
If general low-grade anxiety or just feeling “blue” is your problem, then other avenues such as hypnosis might be a better option than medication – but your doctor will be able to give you more advice and help you explore your options.
Other drugs are used to treat anxiety disorder but SSRIs are by far the most common.
Other physical forms of therapy can be used that donâ€™t involve prescription medications â€“ these include the sort of thing your mother told you, like increasing aerobic exercise, getting good sleep and cutting back on coffee.
And there are the forms of therapy that deal with the mental/emotional side of things, such as counselling, hypnotherapy and cognitivebehavioural therapy.
These aim to deal with harmful thinking patterns and give people the inner strength to cope with stress and the problems of life from the inside out.
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Published on Sep 19, 2012
Anxiety is a very common problem, and it isn’t just a modern problem, although the modern world does have an increased level of low-grade st...