Serotonin inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely used as antidepressants. SSRIs were first introduced in the year 2000 to treat depression, and by 2015, 13.2% of Americans aged 18 and over started taking antidepressant medications. That’s 13.2% of 320.7 million Americans in 2015.
This number is higher today, so the thousands of people using antidepressants will be stunned to realize they’ve been duped.
A new study suggests that SSRIs don’t work because depression isn’t linked to your serotonin levels.
But this is now proven to be wrong – depression and insomnia are a result of lifestyle and how you handle challenging events that can be difficult and depressing.
And something to keep in mind: not all antidepressants are SSRIs, but they all claim to increase serotonin levels.
An alarming new large-scale review of studies linking serotonin and depression was recently published in the journal Molecular Psychology. The results are surprising … the authors found no evidence of an association between serotonin and depression and discovered that depression is not caused by lowered serotonin levels.
So since the year 2000, Big Pharma has been selling antidepressants and SSRIs claiming that they help with depression by elevating serotonin levels.
It appears that they were wrong.
- Paxil CR
Wow, for a drug that doesn’t actually treat depression, Big Pharma has quite a few of them.
Your Hormone Clock
It’s rather simple, really – your hormones react when the sun goes down; your brain produces melatonin, a product of serotonin, to put you asleep. When the sun comes up, your hormones replace the melatonin with serotonin, which wakes you up and provides you energy.
Serotonin dominates during sunlight and melatonin dominates at night during your sleep.
All animals have a hormone clock inside of their brains that turn the lights off and on.
In fact, melatonin governs your entire sleep cycle by triggering sleep and REM, whereas serotonin is what’s behind your wakefulness. Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is important for good health.
Are you getting a good night’s sleep or are you eating dinner too late at night, watching television or playing video games on your iPad? Staying up too late at night will affect your serotonin and melatonin levels, which can cause illness, lethargy, and depression.
Certain drugs and foods such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, aspartame, antidepressants, and some cholesterol-lowering medications deplete serotonin.
For decades, Big Pharma and their medical representatives have sold you on SSRIs and antidepressants as the cure for depression caused by low serotonin levels. They have also been falsely linked to helping with depression and insomnia, primarily because you need to maintain a balance between serotonin and melatonin to get a good night’s sleep.
If you are suffering with depression, don’t grab your antidepressants or the sleeping pills – just make sure your serotonin/melatonin balance is up to speed by changing your outlook and staying positive amid challenging times.
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