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Did you know anti-depressants increase SUICIDAL thoughts? If you know someone with depression, the last resort should be medication. Try EVERYTHING else first!

Please read this heartfelt plea by a paramedic who sees too many teenagers who were recently put on these popular medications and then almost immediately turn to suicide:

“If you have a child or adolescent who is depressed, PLEASE read this. The SSRI class of antidepressants (drugs like Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine) among others) all have a black box WARNING for increased suicide in children and adolescents. A black box warning is the HIGHEST level of warning the FDA can require a manufacturer to put on their product.

I am telling you, this risk is REAL. I see it all the time. It’s my job. I’m the one they send to pick up these kids from outlying hospitals and keep them alive on the transport back to the PICU (intensive care unit) at a pediatric specialty center. ALL the stories are all very similar– depressed, recently started on medications, no previous suicide attempts, etc.

Please… I’m begging you, there are many things that can be done before medicating a child for depression (really anyone, for that matter, increased suicidality can happen in adults as well). There are underlying medical conditions that can be screened for that can mimic depressive symptoms, such as thyroid issues, other endocrine/hormonal issues, vitamin d deficiency, and the list goes on. Changes in diet, supplementing nutrients they are deficient in, helping establish good sleep patterns, encouraging physical activity, counseling, etc. are all things that can and should be tried before medicating a child for depression.

Diet is especially important, as it impacts the gut microbiome (the bacteria in your digestive tract). A poor diet filled with processed foods can adversely affect the balance of bacteri in the gut, and these same bacteria have a significant direct effect on neurological function, mood and anxiety.

So PLEASE, please, please read as much as you can if you have or know someone who has a depressed child. The increased risk of suicide in children and adolescents who take SSRIs isn’t just a mention in a drug company commercial, the risk is VERY real and VERY significant. Please don’t just accept a treatment plan that starts with medication on blind faith. Be involved and learn and actively advocate for your child. You may just save their life.”

**A must read on this subject, including great info on healing depression naturally, is A Mind of Your Own by Dr Kelly Brogan**

#learntherisk #naturalhealth

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