Beat Depression, ADHD and Anxiety Naturally – Rodale News November 2011

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Beat Depression, ADHD and Anxiety Naturally – Rodale News November 2011

Reprinted from Rodale News: http://www.rodale.com/research-feed/one-five-insured-americans-take-drugs-mental-health-problems

“Diabetes Belt” Residents Most Likely to Take Psych Meds
November 2011

One-in-five insured adults are now taking mental health drugs, mostly antidepressants, despite the fact that many people popping the pills aren’t even clinically depressed. In 2010, 15 percent of men and 26 percent of women took prescription drugs for psychological or behavioral problems, according to new data released in Medco Health Solutions’ “America’s State of Mind” report. The number of people reaching for psych drugs is on the rise over the last decade, too.

Researchers saw a 5-percent increase in women taking the mental and behavioral health meds (they’re also twice as likely to take antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds compared to men), and a 3-percent jump in use for men compared to 2001 statistics. Your address and lifestyle might have something to do with it, too. Analysts found the highest prevalence of medication use took place in the east south central region of the country, an area known as the Diabetes Belt for higher-than-average risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The biggest jump in psych drug use involves antidepressants; about a fifth of adults with health insurance now pop antidepressants, up nearly 30 percent compared to a decade ago. About 10 percent of women are now on anti-anxiety drugs; use of ADHD drugs in women 21 to 44 years old has catapulted 264 percent in the last 10 years, too, according to the survey. Even younger females are starting to turn to ADHD drugs more often, with use increasing 40 percent in the last two years.

Here are tips on how to beat depression, ADHD, and anxiety naturally:

Depression

Before you turn to antidepressants that often bring unwanted side effects, explore more natural forms of healing, like eliminated processed food from your diet. Another quick and easy way to fight depression? Embrace gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal and write down at least three things that you’re grateful for every day. This helps put things in perspective.

Anxiety

Laugh and bend. Studies show that, separately, yoga and laughter do stifle stress. Case in point: Two studies presented at the 2009 American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting found that the blood vessels of people who watched comedy films were more pliable and experienced improved blood flow for up to 24 hours after the chuckles started.

ADHD

“Giving children powerful pharmaceutical drugs with a long list of harmful–and often unknown–side effects is something that needs to be examined very carefully,” says Isaac Eliaz, MD, founder of The Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center in California. Before turning to drugs, try instituting meals and snacks of whole, unprocessed foods, eliminate refined sugar, supplement with a high-quality omega 3 fish oil (ones from wild-caught Alaskan salmon and sardines are the best), and make getting enough sleep a priority. (Stay away from TV, computer, and cell phone screens at least two hours before bedtime.)

Reprinted from Rodale News: http://www.rodale.com/research-feed/one-five-insured-americans-take-drugs-mental-health-problems

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