Magic mushrooms have recently shown a lot of promise as a safer, natural and effective alternative to get rid of depression
Depression can strike anyone, anytime. Of course, occasional lows are commonplace. However, chronic depression can severely impact someone’s quality of life.
Some forms of depression are difficult to treat. And unfortunately, they do not respond to the usual antidepressants and therapies.
What’s wrong with antidepressants?
Antidepressants have courted many controversies since their discovery in the 1950s. Questions have arisen about how effective antidepressants actually are for improving mental health. This has been a source of much debate among the scientific community and the public alike.
A decade-old study conducted at the National Institute of Mental Health found that antidepressants were mildly effective in only 26% of the subjects. And by the end of the year, only 6% felt cured of their depression.
The efficacy of these drugs to treat and prevent recurrence has been under the scanner for years
Documentary maker Katinka Blackford Newman recently bared her struggles with depression. Her doctor prescribed escitalopram, popularly known as Lexapro.
The medication caused severe anxiety and restlessness. These are two of the symptoms that usually lead to suicidal tendencies or violence.
In her memoir “The Pill That Steals Lives”, Newman describes how she lost control over her thoughts. She explained how she became dependent on Prozac and other antidepressants.
She finally regained her life and her mental health after discontinuing these medications.
Antidepressants have many concerning side effects, including:
- Agitation, shaking, nervousness
- Not feeling well
- Stomach pain
- Loose stools or constipation
- Dizzy spells
- Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
- Sexual dysfunction
- Palpitation or fast heart beat
- Weight gain
- Low sodium levels, also called hyponatremia
Severe hyponatremia can include loss of consciousness, seizures, breathing problems and coma. Suicidal ideations and self-harm are other serious concerns with antidepressants.
Clinical psychologist and Harvard lecturer Irving Kirsch extensively researched placebo effects and antidepressants. He claimed that antidepressants interfere with the normal functioning of the brain cells.
The drugs may actually be contributing to the mental health problems
And this is according to several medical professionals.
There are many critics and skeptics of Big Pharma. They believe a conspiracy is behind the promotion of these nearly ineffective antidepressants.
Many studies reveal that antidepressants don’t fare better than placebos. Drug companies are also not bound to disclose negative results. Kirsch explained these issues in his book “The Emperors New Drugs“.
How can magic mushrooms help?
Natural and safer alternatives are always in demand. Especially more so for chronic ailments such as depression.
Magic mushrooms or psychedelic mushrooms contain natural substances psilocin, an alkaloid, and psilocybin. The latter breaks down into psilocin during digestion, which exerts an antidepressant effect.
The use of these mushrooms dates back to prehistoric times. Carvings from the stone age era reveal their usage. There are over a hundred different species under the class of magic mushrooms. All of them contain the same compounds.
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