You or someone you love may be one of an estimated 25 million Americans currently taking antidepressants for a wide range of psychiatric and physical disorders. But there is a dark side to these "wonder drugs" --- punishing side effects such as weight gain, lethargy, and sexual dysfunction that afflict up to 80 percent of the people who take them. Until now, side effect suYou or someone you love may be one of an estimated 25 million Americans currently taking antidepressants for a wide range of psychiatric and physical disorders. But there is a dark side to these "wonder drugs" --- punishing side effects such as weight gain, lethargy, and sexual dysfunction that afflict up to 80 percent of the people who take them. Until now, side effect sufferers have had nowhere to turn for help. All too often their doctors dismiss side effects as "necessary evils" and urge patients to "learn to live with them." Even compassionate doctors rarely have the specialized expertise to manage side effects.In The Antidepressant Survival Program, Dr. Robert J. Hedaya, a leading psychopharmacologist and clinical psychiatrist, shares his comprehensive mindbody program to reduce or eliminate the side effects of antidepressants. Now everyone can benefit from Dr. Hedaya's life-restoring prescription that has worked wonders for hundreds of his own patients. "Why settle for half a life," asks Dr. Hedaya, "when you can have a full and satisfying one?" Drawing on his expertise in multiple fields, including psychopharmacology, nutrition, and endocrinology, as well as from his extensive clinical practice, Dr. Hedaya has created an integrative program of nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and hormone supplementation that corrects the imbalances created by antidepressants. Best of all, his program actually enhances the benefits of medication while reducing or completely eliminating its side effects. Beginning with a Five-Day Jump Start that motivates and shows quick results, Dr. Hedaya takes you step by step through his lifestyle program for restoring lost vitality, sex drive, and desired weight. Then he offers results-oriented advice about how to work with your doctor to supplement vital hormones, vitamins, and micronutrients that are often depleted by antidepressants. There are also special sections written expressly for your doctor.The Antidepressant Survival Program supplies a medically proven solution for everyone who is caught between the rock of depression and the hard place of antidepressant side effects. Dr. Hedaya has created this program for everyone who believes, as he does, that it is not enough to survive depression -- you can thrive!...
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The Antidepressant Survival Program: How to Beat the Side Effects and Enhance the Benefits of Your Medication Reviews
The Antidepressant Survival Program is probably a fancy way to say eat well, exercise, meditate, and make sure you don't have any other underlying medical problems that could exacerbate either your depression or side effects. I was hoping to find some ideas for relief getting through the first few weeks on an antidepressant, but this book seems geared towards those who have already acclimated to their meds. For people just starting a new med, it doesn't offer any advice on getting through severe mood swings, panic attacks (which may be uncharted territory if taking a med for depression), lack of appetite, etc. Generally this book rubbed me the wrong way, as well, because the author came off as being very arrogant. He also says things like "[a]bout 80 percent of [my patients] experience more energy and feel significantly better on the Five-Day Jump Start." (which is his initial "survival program")... Which, sure, I'll take his word for it, but how do I know that's not a data point he pulled out of his butt? Where's the study? He also seems to assume that we all eat packaged foods and sit on our butts all day. Or, if we do, that we have the resources and/or ability to eat well (access to grocery stores, money to afford healthy food) and exercise (no disabilities or significant injuries). He takes on a somewhat patronizing tone about his patients' (apparently universal) diets of coffee and carbohydrates. I found that, in all things in life, there is no one solution to the question of "ideal diet", so inflexibly prescribing one thing is probably not going to be terribly useful for everybody. (Personally, as a vegan, his diet does not have any options for me, so, no, not terribly useful.)I also think that this *very* strict nutrition plan could be extremely triggering for anybody who suffers from disordered eating, some of whom are prescribed antidepressants. Personally, I can't keep a food diary without eventually starving myself, which would be counterproductive to say the least.In sum, Dr. Hedaya has The Answer To Everything in this book, and that just bothers me. Eat his diet. Exercise. Quit smoking, but if you do quit smoking, don't quit cold turkey. (What? Worst advice ever! Everybody who quits smoking does so in a way that works for them, and for some people, that means cold turkey!) Don't drink coffee, ever. Don't drink alcohol, ever. Finally, this book also suffers from being almost 15 years old. In pharmacological terms, that's an eternity. It's quite possible you're taking a med that wasn't even on the market when this book was written, and your side effects could be quite different from those outlined here.