Alternative therapy should be considered in addition to or in place of anxiolytics and antidepressants. Depression and anxiety derive from internal causes (e.g., disturbances in brain signals) and external causes (e.g., disruption of the social environment).
No medicine, even a potent one, protects completely against external factors that contribute to mental illness. Current drug treatments have other shortcomings, as well. Anxiolytics, primarily benzodiazepines (“benzos”), are addictive with long-term use, and they are among the most abused drugs. There is also research linking the use of anxiolytics to reductions in cognitive brain function, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Antidepressants, primarily selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and secondarily tricylic antidepressnts (TCAs), cause multiple side effects. These include flu-like symptoms, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, etc. They can also initially increase suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults.
Therefore, we will promote awareness of complimentary therapy, such as talk therapy, fitness, nutrition, and social interactions that are important to recovery and maintenance of the healthy state.