When you cease taking antidepressants, you begin to undergo withdrawal symptoms.
I went through this in my own experience.
When I was taking my antidepressant, I felt really good.
That was until I started to suffer from cognitive decline, which has never happened to me.
I got tired of it and stopped taking the pills, and my depression got much worse than before.
My doctor would tell me that I was facing a relapse of depression and anxiety.
It wasn’t just that my symptoms were more intense, but I gained more new symptoms that I never had before continuing the medication.
I took it upon myself to do some research and found “drug-induced nutrient depletion.”
Studies had discovered that pharmaceutical drugs can deplete your body of key nutrients in multiple ways, involving impaired storage/absorption of nutrients, digestion and an increase in the excretion of vital nutrients.
Nutritional deficiencies arise from this factor while causing other problems and side effects.
Many side effects from pharmaceutical drugs are basically nutritional deficiencies. It creates mental illness because the body is depleted of essential nutrients.
Unfortunately, the medical industry is ignoring this growing epidemic.
New side effects or symptoms can arise even months or years after starting an antidepressant because it takes its time in depleting your body of crucial nutrients. It will stump you and your doctor and lead to he/she prescribing you another medication that will strip your body of other nutrients.
The new symptoms and “side effects” often lead to a new diagnosis and on many other prescriptions. When I was in my worst condition, I was on 4 psychiatric medications. I’m finally off them and in good health.
This article will explain how 3 key nutrients are depleted from the body due to psychiatric medications. Your doctor doesn’t know about these deficiencies and the package insert for the drug doesn’t list them.
Antidepressants And Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Coenzyme Q10 is a molecule found within body cells that have a vital role in energy production.
It actually is an antioxidant and keeps the brain and body protected from any damage from free radicals.
In a lab study done on rats, higher levels of CoQ10 have a “significant antidepressant effect” in rats due to its “well-documented antioxidant effect.”
It all comes together as science is increasingly finding that oxidative stress leads straight to depression.
Many in-depth studies have been conducted to only reveal that psychiatric medication, including antipsychotics and antidepressants, have depleted body levels of CoQ10.
Having a CoQ10 deficiency can bring on concentration difficulties, brain fog, mental fatigue, irritability, a lapse in memory, depression, muscle cramps, shortness of breath, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
Antidepressants And Magnesium
This vital mineral is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions within the human body.
It is involved in hormonal balance, neurotransmitter, and hormonal activity, which are highly imperative to the stability of brain and mood function.
The brain relies heavily on magnesium for optimal function, as it can reduce depression, irritability, and anxiety.
A lot of people nowadays have a deficiency in magnesium and may be exhibiting symptoms and not know it:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Heart arrhythmias
- Increased blood pressure
- Muscle weakness, cramps, tremors, and spasms
- Headaches and migraines
These side effects are eerily similar to those on the side effects in commercials for psychiatric meds. Research has revealed that stimulants and antidepressants clean the body of its magnesium supply, causing a deficiency.
Having little to no magnesium in the body can lead to neuropsychiatric illnesses. This leads to insomnia, seizures, ADHD, pain, depression, premenstrual syndrome, schizophrenia, IQ loss, short-term memory, anxiety and drug abuse.
In the case of studies, many patients with major depression and schizophrenia who tried to take their lives had little to no magnesium in their cerebrospinal fluid.
If you have a mental illness and need medication to treat it, add in magnesium supplements into your diet.
Also, eat foods rich in magnesium like spinach, dark chocolate, halibut, beets, almonds, Swiss chard, avocados and pumpkin seeds.
Antidepressants And B Vitamins
A number of B vitamins are also depleted by psychiatric medication, including B2, B6, B12 and folate.
Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, plays a key role in metabolizing energy. A deficiency can affect the entire body, causing weight gain, low energy, and skin and thyroid problems.
Antipsychotics, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and mood stabilizers can prevent the absorption of vitamin B2, requiring you to take a supplement.
Low levels of vitamin B2 have been found in people with depression, so giving them psychiatric medications can actually make them feel worse in the long term ahead.
Healthy food sources of riboflavin include pastured eggs, leafy vegetables, beef liver, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, and almonds.
Vitamin B6 is another key nutrient that boosts mood, deepens sleep, and supports your nervous system.
It does this by playing a key role in the production of many neurotransmitters in your brain, including serotonin, GABA and dopamine.
Although, since psychiatric medications alter these neurotransmitters, vitamin B6 levels can be affected.
When I took antidepressants, multiple functional and integrative doctors suggested I supplement with vitamin B6.
This is due to the fact that antidepressants and benzodiazepines have been shown to lower B6 levels in the body.
Symptoms of deficiency include depression, mental confusion, weakness, insomnia and severe PMS symptoms.
A few good sources of vitamin B6 includes potatoes, bananas, and chicken meat.
Vitamin B12 and folate are essential B vitamins that play a key role in methylation, one of the most important processes in your body and brain for stabilized energy and function of the nervous system.
If you are depressed, you could have lower levels of B12 and folate circulating in your blood, and people with low blood folate and B12 are at a much greater risk of developing depression.
Yet, instead of looking at folate and B12 levels in the blood, doctors often prescribe antidepressants, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines and mood stabilizers, that have been shown to deplete folate and B12 levels in the body.
B12 and folate deficiency can lead to an inability to methylate properly and increased homocysteine levels.
This can worsen your depression, irritability, confusion, fatigue and forgetfulness.
Good dietary sources of natural folate include leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries.
B12 is found primarily in animal foods, and beef liver is a good source.
Conclusion About Antidepressants
The bottom line is that the medication that you take to manage your mental health can actually reduce nutrient absorption and rob your body and brain of essential vitamins and minerals. This can lead to unwanted side effects and declining health.
On top of this, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are actually a huge underlying cause of mental health issues, to begin with.
Luckily, you can avoid side effects, and even control and overcome chronic mental disease without medication, by restoring these missing nutrients.
Unfortunately, in my case, I was given a prescription that made my underlying deficiencies worse and dug me into a deeper mental health hole.
If you’re required to take a prescribed drug, you can offset many of the side effects and experience much better health by supplementing with the above nutrients.
So why isn’t this information passed on to patients who are taking psychiatric drugs?
Well, it should be known that all doctors are unaware that medications can deplete nutrition supplies in the body.
So, stay on the lookout and watch for these side effects!
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