Why Women Aren’t Taking Their Antidepressants

Interview: Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D. on the issues surrounding women and antidepressants.

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, so I’ve worked with hundreds of people struggling with depression and the medications that sometimes go along with it. Sometimes women have reservations about antidepressants and this prevents them from taking them regularly and as prescribed by their doctors. There are a few reasons for this:

1) There is still an enormous stigma when it comes to mental health. So someone who has taken the time to find a psychiatrist, make the appointment, go in for the intake and fill their prescription is doing a great job and is ahead of the curve!! AND they are still not immune from feeling that stigma that so many of us do when we acknowledge that we’re struggling with our mental health. So actually taking that pill might make a person, especially a woman, feel “crazy” which might get in the way of taking the medication.

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The 5 Causes of Depression and Actionable Advice

Interview: Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D. on The Causes of Depression.

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, so I’ve worked with hundreds of people struggling with Depression. There can be several causes of depression with some accompanying ways to cope with this condition.

Here are some talking points for an interview exploring The Causes of Depression:

  1. Genetic/Chemical: Some of us have a genetic predisposition toward depression due to our family history (yay, genes!) which can make everything seem a little harder especially when you’re in college and have so many new things to figure out.

In this case, research is very clear that therapy and medication are the best ways to manage depression when it seems clear that there is a genetic and/or chemical component. Research has also proven that both exercise and meditation can also be incredibly helpful (possibly just as helpful if not more than medication) as they both directly address the chemical component of depression for the better.

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A Nation on Antidepressants

Available for Interviews: Dr. Eldred Taylor can talk about depression and offer alternative solutions to combat this common mental malady.

Why Are There So Many People Put on Antidepressants? 

Have you ever wondered why there are so many people taking antidepressant medication? Dr. Eldred Taylor is an obstetrician-gynecologist, and a renowned leader on functional and anti-aging medicine. He has helped thousands of women on a multitude of wellness issues so they can lead happier, healthier lives. He is also an expert on hormones.

Here are a few talking points Dr. Eldred Taylor could say in an interview:

  • Homeostasis is a dynamic balance between autonomic branches: Parasympathetic and Sympathetic.
  • The problem occurs when the person is constantly on fight-or-flight, due to a family situation, job situation. The person starts to deplete the supply of the brain chemicals that allows his body to rest-and-digest.

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