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9 Alternatives to Antidepressants

women doing yoga in a fieldDepression is a common issue that many Americans face. 16.1 million U.S. adults struggle with depression, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide.1 Many people with depression also have co-occurring disorders like substance abuse problems or sleep disorders that can increase the negative symptoms of both and make recovery very difficult.

While only about 40 percent of people who suffer from depression receive treatment for it, many who do receive a prescription for antidepressant drugs.1 One in nine Americans takes an antidepressant, but like any drug, there are some risks involved, including addiction.2 (more…)

Can You Die from Sleeping Pills?

woman taking sleeping pillsApproximately 9 million Americans (4 percent of adults in the U.S.) use prescription sleep aids to get a good night’s rest.1 But are these drugs safe?

In 2019, following 20 reported deaths and 46 serious injuries caused by these drugs, the FDA mandated that certain sleep aid drugs include black-box warnings, which call attention to the serious risks of taking these drugs. These black-box warnings are now found on the packaging for eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien). However, that may not keep some people from abusing these sedatives. (more…)

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