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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., reveals his Top 10 ingredients to bust stress, the most common but least-heralded cognitive condition
Who among us is not affected to some degree by periods of stress and anxiety? For virtually everybody, modern lifestyles create a fair amount of tension, irritability, worry and frustration, which can lead to feelings of chronic anxiety and depression.
According to a recent article in the Archives of General Psychiatry, antidepressant drugs are the most commonly prescribed class of medications in the United States. More than 10 percent of the American population is taking one or more antidepressant drugs, which represents 27 million individuals taking more than 120 million prescriptions and spending over $80 billion per year.
Another recent study in the Psychiatric Services Journal shows that huge numbers of Americans felt an antidepressant drug would be helpful for:
• Dealing with day-to-day stresses (83%)
• Making things easier in relations with family and friends (76%)
• Helping people feel better about themselves (68%)
Antidepressant drugs carry the FDA’s most stringent “black box” warning. The black box is FDA’s strongest warning that appears on the package insert for prescription drugs that may cause serious life-threatening adverse effects.
I’m not sure that a “black box drug” is the best choice for almost 30 million Americans who can get even better anti-stress and anti-depression results with natural options—faster, safer, more holistic.