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Antidepressants and Prozac
by John Janis
National Awareness Director for
Depression, also called
"major depressive disorder," affects approximately 21
million Americans annually, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. Many young people and
adults can be affected by this mental disorder, which
affects how a person feels, thinks and acts.
treatment of depression, psychotherapy and antidepressant medications are
commonly used to control symptoms of the condition. Some antidepressant
medications have a sedating effect that can help to treat symptoms of
insomnia and hyperactivity associated with depression, while other
antidepressants have a stimulating effect that works to combat the feelings
of listlessness and lack of energy associated with depression.
of antidepressants work to restore the balance of certain chemicals in the
brain which affect mood. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are
a newer type of antidepressant that is often used to restore the natural
balance of levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Examples
of SSRI antidepressants include Lexapro, Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac.
antidepressants such as Prozac are widely used in the treatment of
depression, the medications are not without side effects. Possible Prozac side effects
include sexual dysfunction, anxiety, insomnia, seizures, decreased appetite,
impulsive actions, hyperactivity, weight loss and suicidal thoughts.
Withdrawal effects may also occur when treatment with Prozac is stopped, and
side effects such as loss of libido and sexual dysfunction may persist long
after treatment has ended in the case of post SSRI sexual dysfunction.
individuals have chosen to file a
in response to another unwanted side effect: serious birth defects if the
medication is taken by women who are pregnant. According to recent
scientific studies, taking Prozac during pregnancy has been found to
increase the risk of serious and potentially fatal birth defects such as
anencephaly (absence of a brain, skull or scalp in a fetus), persistent
pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), and respiratory distress and
withdrawal symptoms at birth.
important for patients to be aware of the risks and benefits associated with
antidepressant treatment in order to make educated decisions about their
According to the
National Institute of Mental Health, psychotherapy only has a 20% success
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Dianne Ruth, PhD
According to some nutritional experts, adding more
protein to your diet such as meat, fish, eggs and yes, peanut butter, is
more powerful than Prozac--and without the side effects!