Drugs like Prozac®, Celexa®, Lexapro® and Zoloft® are known as selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and have been prescribed not only for depression, but for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dementia, social anxiety, premenstrual syndrome and compulsions for gambling, shopping, overeating and sex. As of 2007, antidepressants are the most widely prescribed medications in America.
SSRIs are associated with varied side effects; and individual reactions have been reported, including mass shootings. This means one person can experience unpleasant effects, while another person may not respond in the same way. For this reason, SSRIs must be monitored closely by a physician or licensed therapist. Side effects include nausea, sexual dysfunction, migraine, diarrhea, drowsiness, insomnia, weight gain and increased agitation and restlessness.
Some health reports point out that SSRIs are overprescribed and could possibly lead to suicidal behavior. In response to this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a black box warning for all antidepressants in 2007.
In order to combat your feelings of stress, depression or attention deficit, there are many all-natural solutions to discuss with your health professional in lieu of these risky prescription meds. Changes in your diet, exercise routine and supplement intake could boost your mood in a matter of weeks.