Do you have organic mood syndrome?
by Herbalist Wendy Wilson
What the heck is organic mood syndrome? How would you know if you had it? According to the DSM-III-R (Medical Dictionary and Manual of Diagnostic Mental Disorders) organic mood syndrome is another name for drug-induced depression. Although we are told by doctors and drug companies that there is no strong scientific evidence (in print) supporting the association of depressive symptoms or suppressive disorders caused by prescribed drugs; nonetheless there is suggestive evidence. Suggestive evidence is when a suspect drug is discontinued the symptoms of depression are resolved. Depression all by itself is bad enough but it has also become a drug-induced disease and statistics are saying that 15% of organic mood syndrome will end in suicide. Why are doctors down-playing or ignoring this epidemic? Acknowledging drug-induced depression undermines the effectiveness of their drug treatments.
Being depressed can have the following symptoms; lack of energy, listlessness, feeling rundown, decreased concentration, changes in psychomotor (cognitive abilities), acute fatigue, appetite changes, disruption in sleep patterns, diminished interest in activities and feelings of sadness or despair. Be aware that thyroid disease can be mistaken for symptoms of depression.
The list is quite long on the kinds of drugs that can cause you to become depressed. According to the AARP web site, there are ten major classes of drugs that are known to cause drug-induced depression (http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-02-2012/medications-that-can-cause-depression.html ). Patients also don’t realize that most physicians won’t review their drug list when they complain of depression. Instead the doctor will layer on more drugs to control the symptoms of depression. Here are the top ten classes of drugs causing depression:
- Beta-blockers – for angina and high blood pressure to slow the heart rate by blocking the hormone adrenaline and lowering BP. Also is prescribed for migraines, tremors, arrhythmia and glaucoma. Medical science says it does not know why this drug causes depression. However scientifically we know that by blocking hormones it can cause a neurotransmitter problem.
- Corticosteroids – for inflammation to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and other inflammatory conditions. These drugs lower serotonin levels causing depression or other psychiatric disorders.
- Benzodiazepine tranquilizers – used for anxiety, muscle spasms and insomnia. This drug affects the central nervous system by depressing it. These drugs can build up in the liver creating toxic levels giving patients a “hangover effect” and depression. Doctors will often do blood tests to check the liver enzymes to make sure the liver produces sufficient enzymes to neutralize the toxic effects of this drug.
- Parkinson’s drugs – these drugs affect dopamine (a neurotransmitter), which affects motor function and reduces tremors. Dopamine is one of three neurotransmitters known to be associated with depression and the drug promotes high levels of dopamine causing depression.
- Hormone replacement drugs – used to treat symptoms of menopause and oral contraceptives containing artificial estrogen. Again the drug manipulates hormone levels causing all kinds of dysfunction including depression.
- Stimulants – usually prescribed to treat daytime sleepiness from hypersomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, fatigue and ADHD. These drugs increase dopamine levels and prolonged exposure can cause depression.
- Anticonvulsants – used for seizures and other conditions such as bipolar and other mood disorders. These drugs limit seizures by blocking signals affecting the neurotransmitters (your chemical messengers) and are known to cause depression.
- Proton pump inhibitors (H2 blockers) – used to block gastric acid or acid reflux disease. Medical science says it doesn’t know why these drugs cause depression but it is speculated that the pH is disrupted changing brain chemicals.
- Statin (lipid-lowering) drugs – used to lower cholesterol and often paired with other cardiovascular drugs. These drugs deplete cholesterol from the system and affects brain chemicals via the release of neurotransmitters.
- Anti-cholinergic drugs – used to treat digestive cramps and other GI disorders. These slow the digestive tract down and reduce stomach acid production by blocking a neurotransmitter acetylcholine responsible for muscle contraction. This drug directly affects the central nervous system causing depression, sedation and cognitive impairment.
For a list of drugs causing depression with their generic names see this reference http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/drugdepression.htm. By-the-way, the popular drug for the treatment of acne is called Accutane, which causes drug-induced depression and suicide. One in 16 Americans (17 million) has acne problems (http://www.suicide.org/never-use-accutane.html). In 2000 over 600,000 people were taking Accutane and by 2012 5 million use it. Pregnant women on Accutane have a 10% chance of their baby having facial birth defects.
WAY OF LIFE
We live in interesting times. Stress levels have elevated over the last twenty years and the last thing we need is drug-induced mood disorders. I personally would never take a prescription drug to manage my metabolism. I prefer to use diet, exercise and medicinal herbs to strengthen the body and work with it to resolve health issues. Disease management via drugs will make you a patient for life and it is not my cup of tea. Some folks think that they are in good health if only taking a few prescriptions. Our mindset on what good health is has to change. Whenever you evaluate a treatment or therapy ask if it will strengthen you. If it will, then it means you will not be dependent on it for very long.
NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR EVERYDAY PROBLEMS
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