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Generally speaking, taking medications against depression or anxiety should not always be the first measure to find relief. A health-promoting lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, and enough sleep can be very helpful in dealing with many disturbances, both of body and mind.
It is not uncommon for new clients of mine to set the following goal in therapy: "I want to get rid of my anxiety," or "I sometimes feel depressed and I want to just be happy." But this is like wanting to detect damage to the body, but not feel pain. You can't have it both ways.
I have had many conversations with clients over the years where they tell me they've been feeling nauseous, panicky and depressed. The symptoms my clients describe are directly due to a reduction in, or complete termination of, their antidepressant medication. I hope the following advice is useful to patients.
A research report on anti-depressant use out of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario strikes me as a denial of mental illness and a denial of the need to relieve suffering from mental illness when we can. For those with a severe clinical depression, anti-depressants are needed.