Antidepressant use has become increasingly common in the United States. A recent analysis of federal data conducted by The New York Times found that 15.5 million Americans are long-term users of prescription antidepressants. That number is nearly twice as high as it was in 2010, and triple what it was in 2000.
While prescription antidepressants can certainly bring some benefit to people who suffer from depression, “many who try to quit say they cannot because of withdrawal symptoms they were never warned about.” Part of the problem is that antidepressants were originally intended for short-term use, but now “some people are essentially being parked on these drugs for convenience’s sake because it’s difficult to tackle the issue of taking them off,” according to Dr. Anthony Kendrick of the University of Southampton in Britain.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are the most likely to cause discontinuation symptoms. These symptoms typically crop up days or weeks after the medication is stopped or decreased and can include digestive issues, sleep disturbances, dizziness, tremors, and hot flashes, to name a few.
Also troubling is the fact that withdrawal from these drugs can cause depression or anxiety – leaving many patients wondering whether they are experiencing discontinuation symptoms, or a relapse into the condition that led them to start taking the medication in the first place. For some, the misery of stopping the drugs is unbearable. Said Robin Hempel, who started taking Paxil more than two decades ago, “Had I been told the risks of trying to come off this drug, I never would have started it…a year and a half after stopping, I’m still having problems. I’m not me right now; I don’t have the creativity, the energy. She – Robin – is gone.”
Hempel’s experience is not uncommon. “Patients who try to stop taking the drugs often say they cannot. In a recent survey of 250 long-term users of psychiatric drugs — most commonly antidepressants — about half who wound down their prescriptions rated the withdrawal as severe. Nearly half who tried to quit could not do so because of these symptoms. In another study of 180 longtime antidepressant users, withdrawal symptoms were reported by more than 130. Almost half said they felt addicted to antidepressants.”
But for people whose lives are disrupted by their depression, the desire to feel better can trump the worry over discontinuation symptoms that might occur years later. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between depression and terrifying withdrawal symptoms – you can choose Alpha-Stim®.
Alpha-Stim uses Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform that passes through noninvasive ear clips, to treat depression safely and effectively. Treatment takes just 20-60 minutes per day in the comfort of your own home and most people cannot even feel the waves passing through the clips. Alpha-Stim is discreet enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Although it requires a prescription (in the U.S.), Alpha-Stim is not a drug. There is no risk of addiction, no lasting side effects, and no withdrawal symptoms if you ultimately decide to stop treatments. In fact, since the effects of Alpha-Stim are cumulative, many patients find that they can decrease their treatments over time and reap the same benefits. Alpha-Stim is FDA cleared, and its effectiveness has been documented in over 95 independent research studies and reports. Alpha-Stim is available over the counter outside of the United States.
Nine out of ten patients who use Alpha-Stim get clinically significant relief from their depression – as well as anxiety, insomnia, and pain. Not only does Alpha-Stim carry fewer risks than prescription drugs, but it is more effective as well.
If you suffer from depression, your immediate concern is finding relief. But you shouldn’t have to accept the burden of unbearable effects, either in the present or the future. Alpha-Stim lets you treat your depression without compromising other parts of your health and wellbeing. Alpha-Stim brings relief without sacrifice.
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