Prozac Nation No More? An interview about alternative treatment for depression, trauma and PTSD.
Do we really need Prozac? James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., says there’s a better way to treat depression—through diet, exercise and meditation. Roll your eyes all you like. He’s used the approach for 35 years with a wide range of patients, from runaway children and middle-class adults in Washington, D.C., to victims of war in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel and the Gaza Strip.
The interview in Newsweek profile’s the author of “Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression,” James Gordon. His program sounds interesting and promising. He doesn’t trash antidepressants but I get the feeling he’s being diplomatic. The interview ends with a caution about withdrawal which is wise:
So are you saying that people should throw out their Prozac?
No, the bottom line is that there is another way. Don’t quit cold turkey. Withdrawal symptoms can be very serious, including anxiety and agitation. Some people get more depressed. They may have headaches, difficulty sleeping, muscle cramps. You can begin the “Unstuck” approach while taking the medications. When and if you feel ready to stop taking the drugs, work with a physician who can help you gradually taper off.
That suggests to me he’s being pragmatic…dont’ throw the Prozac away…withdraw from it safely and slowly. Then deal with your life.