According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. For decades, drugs like Celexa, Paxil and Prozac have been the go-to treatment. Evidence shows that up to half of the people taking antidepressants don’t benefit much and sometimes not at all, and that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) should be the first line of defense.
Antidepressants can lead to a daunting list of side effects that range from dizziness and diarrhea to thoughts of suicide — all of which could be avoided or delayed. Read the full Consumer Reports article for tips about dealing with depression without meds.