What About Medications for Anxiety and Depression?
What About Medications for Anxiety and Depression? As a counselor, he’s often asked: Can medications help with anxiety and depression? The answer I gave is yes and no. Yes, medications can be useful for short-term relief. No, medications are not a good long-term solution. Anxiety and depression are not caused by a lack of drugs. Medications do not cure underlying causes of anxiety and depression. However, these can be useful when used temporarily to give a person a window of relief to do the internal work needed to improve the underlying causes.
Anxiety and depression generally have two main causes – emotional and physical.
PHYSICAL CAUSES OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
When we do not eat well or do not exercise enough, our bodies go into imbalance. Our bodies are not made to process unnatural substances found in processed foods. When we overload our bodies with chemicals, pesticides, sugar and inanimate food, our bodies are deprived of vital nutrients and stressed. Anxiety and depression can be the result of this physical exhaustion and the resulting stress.
Our bodies are designed to thrive on food and water that God gave us pure, clean, organic, unaltered food and water. If you are taking medication for anxiety and depression and you are not clearing your diet and exercising properly, you are only using a band-aid for an open wound.
EMOTIONAL CAUSES OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Emotional anxiety is caused by dysfunctional thoughts that are not true. For example, if you tell yourself that you are not good enough or that you have to be perfect, you will probably feel anxious. Thoughts of not being good enough and being perfect often focus on our appearance and performance qualities rather than the inherent qualities of kindness, compassion, and gratitude. We feel good about ourselves when we choose to be kind, loving, and compassionate towards ourselves and others. When we choose gratitude for what we have instead of dwelling on what we don’t have, we create inner peace. Kindness and gratitude are great antidotes to anxiety!
Anxiety is always a sign that we are lying to ourselves. Lying creates fear and anxiety, while creating true inner peace. This is a sure way of knowing what is right and what is not!
Emotional depression is caused by not taking care of ourselves. If we ignore our needs, don’t speak for ourselves, don’t judge ourselves, and hold others responsible for our emotions, the result can be depression. If you have a child that you ignore and judge, that child will likely be depressed. The same thing happens at the internal level when we ignore and judge our own inner child. Putting down on yourself and looking after everyone but yourself can make you feel worthless and depressed.
It doesn’t make much sense to take medications for anxiety and depression regardless of your dysfunctional thinking and how you treat yourself. However, these can be helpful if you take drugs for a short time and give yourself the opportunity to do your inner work. Most of the people I work with realize that they don’t like the effects of the medications as soon as they start taking care of themselves. They don’t like drugs to ease their emotions. Instead of being drugged, they realize that they want to feel all their emotions deeply, both highs and lows. The more they learn to take responsibility for their emotions by dealing with their thoughts and needs, the more they want to feel all their emotions. They discover that just as drugs can reduce pain, they also reduce joy.
Many of the people I work with are able to avoid drugs altogether by learning to take care of themselves lovingly, both physically and emotionally. Most people who practice the Inner Attachment process we teach find Inner Attachment much more powerful than drugs in curing anxiety and depression.
If you are a person who does not want to learn to take personal responsibility for your pain and joy, then medicines may be the way out for you. But drugs are not the solution if you want to feel true peace and joy.