Updated: Oct 28, 2019
Stress robs us of vitality and drains our zest for life. Just trying to make it through another day - putting one foot in front of the other, we live like zombies…with a long to-do list!
The last post, “How Fear Keeps Us Stuck and Makes Us Sick” introduced a downloadable infographic in a cause & effect format illustrating how a single anxious thought can trigger stress hormones.
The walking dead analogy is sobering when acknowledging that stress is literally killing us. The infographic illustrates how the fear response creates inflammation that is responsible for most causes of disease and death. Unrelenting stress also increases the risk of depression and suicide. From 1996 to 2005, the rate of antidepressant use rose from 5.84% to 10.12% giving rise to the catch-phrase, “Prozac Nation.” This was our first wake-up call. Our fast pace is partially responsible for the issue and is made worse by our microwave mentality looking for quick-fix pill.
Despite more than 1 in 10 Americans being treated with antidepressant medications, recent studies report that antidepressants are not therapeutically effective in more than 50% of patients. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that antidepressants work best in very severe cases and have little or no benefit over placebo (inert pills) in less serious cases of depression.
...antidepressants work best in very severe cases and have little or no benefit over placebo (inert pills) in less serious cases of depression.