How Do Anti-Depressants Work?
The discovery of the link between depression and dreaming was a signal breakthrough. It’s realized now that all anti-depressants limit the amount of REM sleep we have, which in turn reduces dreaming and therefore exhaustion.
Once again, though, this is still treating the symptom and not the underlying cause. It’s so important that new styles of thinking must be learned by the patient and the necessary lifestyles changed before over-dreaming ceases naturally. This will not happen with medication alone, and of course there’s the consideration of long term use.
Controlling Depression With Anti-Depressants
The question that must be asked is are anti-depressants the final cure for depression? They’ve been shown specifically to be effective with some people in controlling depression, or at least episodic depression, but are they the magic wand, as it were? When we look at the ways they treat depression, do they actually beat the condition, or merely control it?
Again, we’re faced with the symptoms rather than the cause. Regrettably, so far as medications are concerned, the thousands of studies that have been carried out indicate that drugs produce the highest rate of relapse when set against effective therapies that have a far lower rate.
To my way of thinking, if someone is suffering very severe depression, the best course of action so far in our report seems to be administering drugs to that person to take the edge off the condition and then reverting to good therapy like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Put the patient on drugs, but for only a short time. We have to be very careful of that person becoming addicted.
When the worst of the storm is past, then a change to therapy, I feel, should work extremely well. So, now we understand how anti-depressants work. The reason for relapse if the patient’s treated with medications alone, really seems fairly obvious.
Depression Medication and Relapse
As so many tests have shown, depression is about thinking styles and the habits that have formed them. One of the symptoms of these habits, and maintained by them, is the reduced activity of neurotransmitters. It’s this reduced activity that’s treated by anti-depressants, not the thinking patterns that caused them in the first place.
You understand how necessary it is to delve down deep to find the root cause for these thinking habits?
An analogy may be made by someone who keeps cutting his finger in exactly the same place. No problem. He goes to the doctor, who bandages him up. This is fine, but why is he cutting his finger in the same place every time? Find the answer to that, and there should not be any more finger cutting