I know that no one takes antidepressants for no reason, and the least I want to do is cause anxiety and distress to people whose lives are already very difficult. But as a doctor, and a scientist, I have an obligation to inform you about a study that was published a few weeks ago that links the use of antidepressants with a doubling of the chance of death. The study was done in Great Britain in a population of 220 thousand people and a 10-year follow-up, which makes it very reliable. In this study, long-term use of antidepressants was shown to be associated with a doubling of the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and death from any cause. Of course we shouldn't be too quick to attribute these results to the drugs, as we know that people taking antidepressants suffer from a serious medical condition that we know increases the likelihood of all of these. So, it is not clear if all of these are solely from the drugs or not. But in any case, if you're taking antidepressants, and in light of this new study, it's a good idea to explore ways to reduce these potential side effects of antidepressants. The first thing you can do is to discuss with your doctor whether you can stop the treatment. If you have been on antidepressants for a long time and are not being monitored by a psychiatrist, which I unfortunately see often in my practice, you should definitely make sure to work with a psychiatrist to guide you on taking or stopping them. If you are taking antidepressants, under no circumstances should you stop them without the supervision and approval of a psychiatrist. If you are taking antidepressants and it is not possible to stop them at this time, you need to explore and adopt lifestyle changes that will make stopping the drugs possible in the future. For example, you can start working out. We know that regular exercise is associated with an improvement in depression symptoms comparable to that of antidepressants. You can also start some form of psychotherapy. For example, Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that has fairly rapid and significant effects on depression that have been scientifically documented for decades. Alternatively or at the same time you can try nutritional supplements which in some cases may help you to stop antidepressants. Of course, always with the consent of a psychiatrist. Finally, if it is not possible to get off antidepressants in any way and your doctor thinks it is necessary to take them long-term, then you should take all possible measures to reduce your cardiovascular risk and the risk of death from any cause. In this case the most useful thing is to make sure you have a low weight. Increased weight is associated with a significant increase in the risk of death from any cause, as well as an increase in death from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. In this case, since it is impossible to stop the antidepressants, we take care to reduce the remaining risk factors, the most important of which is increased weight. In this case, antidepressants can give someone the courage to help, along with proper nutrition to lose weight or keep it off. One of the biggest problems with antidepressants is that they often lead to weight gain. In a previous video I have talked about the ways in which antidepressants lead to weight gain and this further complicates the situation and makes proper nutrition even more necessary. If you're interested in learning why and how antidepressants cause weight gain, then you need to click on the video currently displayed to my right. I also remember that by sharing the video and pressing the like button you are helping me a lot. Thanks.

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