Since when did a normal response require an antidepressant? Grief, which is a very normal response, is a journey yet psychiatrist and doctors are prescribing harmful medications to stop the grief process. Sadly, modern medicine does not understand that grief is a journey not a prozac deficiency
According to the Mayo Clinic, Prozac and other SSRI'S are used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and panic disorder. Nowhere does it say Prozac or any antidepressant of any kind is used to treat grief. That is because grief is not a pathology. It is not a medical condition.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) which is published by the American Psychiatric Association, where 80% of their contributors have ties with the pharmaceutical companies is now s branding grief as a medical condition if a mourner feels sad for more than two weeks.
Drug therapy has shown to have very little impact on grief recovery and many people have said they were unable to do their grief until after they were off medications.
If you are grieving, there are some very natural ways to go through the process. You are not sick, you do not have a mental health condition, in fact, you are very healthy for grieving, and grieving holistically can help the process.
First and foremost the most important thing about grief is to be sure you have a support system. Friends and family can be vital as your do your journey through grief.
Be sure to take a supplement for sleep. Many people experience insomnia when grieving so supplements and herbals like melatonin, magnesium, chamomile, hops, L-theanine, valerian and calms can all be helpful in getting a good night's rest.
Anxiety and depression can be part of the grief process at times and there are natural products that can aid in this. Omega fatty three, SAM-e, 5HTP, vitamin D3, B complex, and GABA can all help aid in depression and anxiety. If you live in Tucson, you can find some of these natural products at Sprouts or New Life.
Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA says get in a routine and stay in one.
Meditation and yoga help aid the feelings that accompany depression and sadness. In addition, one of the best ways to cope with grief and sadness is to have a healthy diet. If you live in the Tucson area you may want to look at Temple Love Yoga. The website even offers video's for you to do at home.
One of the best proven techniques for anxiety and depression is exercise. It improves sleep, reduces stress, increases blood flow, and produces endorphins similar to that of morphine. Ride a bike, go for a walk, dance, or join a gym.
Finally, seek help from a counselor or life coach that is willing to talk about your experience and help you friend strength and hope.
Grief is a journey not a Prozac deficiency. It is missing someone we once loved who is no longer here with us. Grief is a normal response to loss and there is no one “right” way to grieve just as there is no one way to anticipate how the feelings of sadness, anger, loss, and loneliness will heal and evolve and resolve. There is no time table that says how long this journey will last. Grief is balancing our realities while learning to accept the loss. It is a natural journey that will make us grow and foster greater care for self.