Mental health is an increasingly alarming global concern affecting children and adults whilst the evidence for the benefits of pharmaceuticals remains low or non-existent.
There is now substantial evidence relating to various lifestyle factors and mental health. For example, exercise has been shown to be as effective as anti-depressants- without the side effects and dependency. Certain herbal treatments have also shown to be effective in treating depression and other conditions. Increased screen time in teenagers has also been linked to mental health conditions and even increased suicide rates.
As there are several factors involved, it is prudent to elucidate and treat these. A one pill approach doesn’t work here just as much as it doesn’t work for any chronic illness.
There are many factors to consider when dealing with any mood or behavioural disorder- lifestyle factors, gut dysbiosis, hormonal imbalances (including thyroid problems), environmental toxins and previous trauma including childhood trauma.
By using a functional approach addressing these areas, people can improve their symptoms. If on medication, this can potentially be gradually reduced and then maybe stopped completely. This has to be done carefully and with the supervision of a doctor.