Natural alternative to Celexa: Your heart may be at risk!

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With all the recent news and concerns of the dangers of antidepressants, it’s time for Americans to seriously consider natural and safe mood alternatives, instead of dangerous drugs that can have long lasting negative side effects.

And if you’ve been taking Celexa, you should know the the FDA reported last month that your heart “may be at risk.” In fact, recent “adverse events” have put Celexa on alert along with a dozen other antidepressant drugs which are said to affect the hearts beat by disrupting the electrical signals.


Natural alternative to Celexa: Your heart may be at risk!

St. John’s Wort is a plant that can be helpful in treating milder cases of depression, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The plant, known as Hypericum perforatum, has yellow leaves and a long history of use as a medicine, dating, in fact, back to the ancient Greeks. It is available in the United States without a prescription in the form of capsules, tablets, teas and liquid extracts. It is not a proven treatment for depression, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Exercise and other lifestyle changes can have a major impact on depression. Just as being sleep-deprived and run down can put you in a funk, treating your body well can help lift your mood. Be sure to adopt these lifestyle changes if you want to maintain a positive outlook on life. Get adequate sleep and eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, and whole grains. Spend time and share thoughts with family and friends. Keep a handle on stress by avoiding nerve-wracking situations or by employing relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.

Some people can recover from depression by talking their problems over with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other therapist. Another term for this approach is talk therapy. It is, in fact, not just one therapy, because several types are available. A therapist who uses the cognitive approach helps patients to understand the faulty assumptions that may underlie their behaviors–the maladaptive thought patterns, so to speak–and offers ideas for correcting them. On the other hand, a counselor employing interpersonal therapy focuses on the relationships you have with those around you, such as your parents, spouse or boss, and how you can improve them. And if you envision psychotherapy as a person lying on a couch discussing childhood experiences with a therapist, then you are envisioning the psychodynamic approach, which seeks to identify how elements of your childhood are playing out in your adult life. Read more

The main concern with taking herbal and natural remedies is.. the warnings of interaction with drugs. Is this true? YES, which is why you should always consult your physician before taking any herbs. Now with that said, I will tell you taking drugs is far more dangerous than herbs. But even though Celexa is said to have limited “side effects,” it may not be worth risking damage to your heart.  see this article Celexa- heart problems are just a beat away

Natural alternative to Celexa: Ask your doctor!

As far as the articles advice, I have personally opted for lifestyle change and psychotherapy rather than taking anything however, you may feel that these treatments are not enough.  If you do want to go natural, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor- tell them that you would “prefer to get off of the prescription medication and switch to a natural solution.” This is a great time to ask, as most doctors will want to help, especially with all the negative side effects of anti depressants now being publicized.

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  1. Great article Robert. I like the idea of people accessing natural remedies for common problems. I wonder, what are the downsides of St. John’s Wort?

  2. Bob says:

    Hey Jim,
    Glad you asked that question- St. John’s Wort is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) which is actually a drug. While it can make you feel good, it can also raise your blood pressure… so much so that if you just start taking it and don’t know what you are doing, you could die. And it does not work with major depression at all. Yet there are many herbalist (when under their care) that prescribe St. John’s Wort. Main thing in all cases is… see a doctor first before you start taking any meds or herbs.

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