Read these Amazon reviews for The Emperorís New Drugs. Then you may want to own a copy of this definitive volume. As you read it, you will understand why you may still think these drugs are helping you, why your doctor doesnít know the truth, and why the drugs are still being sold.
Author Irving Kirsch has done a great job of exposing antidepressant meds. If you read this book you will know more about them than most doctors.
Besides discussing scientific studies that proved antidepressants are no better than placebo, Kirsch tells us on pg. 170 of studies that will be new and welcome information to most people, especially those wanting a natural alternative to antidepressants. If you want to take charge of yourself, you'll like this alternative. Physical exercise works better than antidepressants. That's right. Physical exercise works better than antidepressants. Apparently getting as little as 20 minutes of exercise, such as walking, 3 days a week is the answer. The worse your depression is, the more likely you will benefit from regular exercise. The antidepressant effect of exercise lasts as long as you keep exercising and seems to be more beneficial as time goes by.
Interestingly, people who take antidepressant drugs are more likely to relapse than those who just exercise. That also goes for people taking drugs who also exercise. (So, are the drugs causing the relapse? It wouldnít be a stretch to think that considering what Dr. Breggin learned about the Prozac label.)
The good news about exercise should be enough to get a depressed person out walking right now. Or should I say, it should be enough for YOU to go out walking with your depressed loved one to make sure he or she forms a regular daily habit of exercising. (Just a thought.)
On page 172, Kirsch says: "There seems to be considerable reluctance in some parts of the medical community to acknowledge the benefits of exercise in the treatment of depression."
Iím not surprised to hear that, are you? After all, exercise is something you can do on your own. You aren't being "treated." You aren't spending a lot of money.
Can you tell Iím enthusiastic about this book? Hereís a short video of Kirsch talking about antidepressants and the placebo effect.
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