Antidepressants Or Exercise? Which One Is Better?

Don’t turn to pharmaceuticals to deal with depression. Learn how diet and lifestyle changes can reverse many of the symptoms of depression and make you healthier overall.

Depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, affects nearly 15 million Americans over 18 and is the leading cause of disability for those ages 15 to 44. With this many people being affected, it has just given the drug industry the opportunity to make more money, but a new report from the drug company GlaxoSmithKline concludes that its antidepressant Paxil might make adults with major depression more likely to become suicidal.[1. Reuters. March 31, 2011]

Besides increasing the risk of suicidal tendencies, a GSK study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in early 2010 showed that Paxil does not even appear to work as intended in patients with varying levels of depression.[2. JAMA. 2010;303(8):729-730]  Today, the drug carries a “black box” warning for everyone that says it may increase risk of suicide.  Every school shooting in the history of the United States has been linked to depression and antidepressants.  Even though these drug companies are reluctant to conclude there is a correlation between these dangerous drugs and suicide and homicide, you cannot hide the facts.

A study published in 2009 revealed that among 832 different drugs, which represent 99 percent of the total suicide-related events reported in the Adverse Event Reporting System, Paxil was the worst of all. Among the 27,012 adverse events reported for suicide attempts between 2004 and 2008, 1,323, or 4.9 percent, were linked to Paxil.[3. Robertson HT, Allison DB (2009) Drugs Associated with More Suicidal Ideations Are also Associated with More Suicide Attempts. PLoS ONE 4(10): e7312. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007312]

In Health and Nutrition Secrets, Dr. Russell L. Blaylock writes, “It is also known that these medications increase brain levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which, in high concentrations, can also act as an excitotoxin.” When antidepressant drugs raise serotonin to an excitotoxin level, the brain reacts in ways similar to mental illness.  Knowing that these are dangerous, they are still widely prescribed to not only adults, but to children too.

There have been links between depression and a sedentary lifestyle as well as nutritional deficiencies.  A significant percentage of those depressed could improve dramatically with exercise alone, and for patients who still require medication, it can increase the benefit. Research has shown again and again that patients who follow aerobic-exercise regimens see improvement in their depression — improvements comparable to that of those treated with medication. Exercise not only relieves depressive symptoms but also appears to prevent them from recurring.[4. Time Magazine June 19, 2010]

Exercise and aerobic (with oxygen) activity helps produce and regulate hormones and neurotransmitters that increase your mood.  The most effective way to combine both anaerobic and aerobic exercise to produce the most “feel good” hormones is through the new exercise program MaxT3, which stands for  Time, Tempo, and Type.  This program is for everyone and is newly released just for you.  This program will get you in shaped faster than anything you have done before.   Using specific high intensity, short duration types of motions, you will get the peace of mind effect that many associate with exercise.

This program takes burst training to a new level and incorporates many new elements and as far as I’m aware, there has never been a known side effect to exercising.  What are you waiting for?  Get involved!