In April’s Vogue, writer Ginny Graves looks at how nutrient therapy targets the underlying problem of depression and can help keep people off antidepressant medication for good. She mentions a clinic in Mill Valley, California just north of San Francisco — the Recovery Systems Clinic — whose executive director Julia Ross, M.A. says antidepressants can be a helpful tool but “The trouble is, they don’t cure anything, so when you go off them you risk becoming depressed again.”
Even worse, more and more patients are being prescribed combination of drugs that can have varied and adverse effects. Ramin Mojtabai, M.D., Ph.D. coauthored a study showing that doctors routinely prescribe two or more medications during a single office visit 60% of the time. From a Science Daily article about the study:
“While the evidence for added benefit of antipsychotic polypharmacy is limited, there is growing evidence regarding the increased adverse effects associated with such combinations,” the authors write. For example, some combinations have resulted in increases in body weight and total cholesterol level, whereas others may be associated with an increase in fasting blood glucose level.
Graves mentions the National Center for Whole Psychiatry in Chevy Chase, Maryland where doctors prescribe antidepressants for patients only when “absolutely necessary”. Instead the clinic focuses on identifying and treating nutrition deficiencies, hormone disorders, and allergies, all of which can effect state of mind.
Unfortunately, the Vogue article is not available online, but is still available on newsstands.