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What do The Numbers Tell Us About Depression In Australia?

depressed womanDepression has become a major problem in Australia and globally. The Volume of Australians diagnosed with depression has been sky rocketing over the last decade. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2011 there were 1.7 million Australians that had been prescribed an antidepressant medication on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. That is 7.8% of the Australian population. (1) What’s troubling is today 3 million Australians are reliant on antidepressants. What is even scarier is 100,000 children are taking them. (2)

Depression has become a global epidemic and is the number one driver for suicide. Around the world, a million people per year die of suicide. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2018, 3046 Australians committed suicide.

Why have prescriptions for antidepressants in Australia nearly doubled in less than a decade? Why are a 100,000 children taking antidepressants? Are antidepressants the solution? Is there an alternative to the drugs?

These are all important questions with few simple answers. One thing we know for sure is that the increase use of antidepressants has not reduced the level of depression. If antidepressants worked to “cure” or “Heal” depression then one would expect the rates of depression to be decreasing rather than increasing. The best these drugs can do is be a temporary patch to get us through a difficult time. They were never meant to be a long term solution.

We also know that these drugs can come at a cost. There are well documented risks associated with these drugs. According to Dr Jon Jureidini from the University of Adelaide, “The safety of these drugs is often over estimated and the risks under estimated.” (4) He goes on to say, “The marketing of these drugs has been very successful and lots of people have been led to believe they are better off taking the drugs.”

Depression a Symptom of Lifestyle

According to Stephen Ilardi, the author of “The Depression Cure,” depression is a symptom of civilization. Modern living is incompatible with good health. Today’s high stress modernized, industrial lifestyle is incompatible with our genetic evolution. Through the vast majority of human history we had been living a much more organic and different lifestyle to the fast paced, high stress world we live in today. For most of the course of our existence on the planet we had been living as hunters and gatherers. Our genetic coding has been incapable of adapting to the immense changes we have seen in a very short period of time.

Ilardi goes on to say that depression is a result of a prolonged stress response. When stresses in our lives continue unchecked, this will alter our physiology. If it continues for months or years devastating effects can be had on our physical and mental and emotional wellbeing. One result can be depression.

The Depression Cure

While antidepressants can be of value they are not ever going to fix the problem. So the solution Ilardi argues is a change of lifestyle. Here are his 6 recommendations:

  1. Exercise- Body movement is essential for proper health. Exercise illicit’s positive changes to the body and brain chemistry.
  2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids- Modern civilizations are very deficient in good omega 3 which is essential for proper brain and body health.
  3. Sunlight- Initiates many positive reactions in the body, most notably the production of Vitamin D.
  4. Healthy Sleep- Vital for appropriate physiology and regeneration
  5. Anti-rumative activity- Stop thinking too much. Be rather than fret…
  6. Social Connection- Be around people you love.

I would add a plant based organic diet and regular chiropractic care. While I cannot quote any science that shows chiropractic adjustments reduces depression, I can tell you over the years thousands have reported improved mood and levels of happiness.

We know if you are in less pain you will certainly feel better psychologically. Also new research is mounting showing chiropractic care has clinically significant impact upon brain activity and function.





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