Unfortunately we are experiencing a mental health epidemic. Nonetheless it’s a real problem and we must deal with it, even though giving a medication may be the easiest at the time, it’s not the most effective in the long run. Mental health is not exclusive to schizophrenia or bipolar but encompasses conditions such as anxiety and depression. I recently attended a nurse practitioner conference where a very passionate mental health practitioner spoke on the importance of NOT prescribing medication to individuals suffering from depression. It was a breath of fresh air, I was glad to hear him. His emphasis was on acknowledging you need help, consistent counseling and restoring hope.
The take home message was that in conjunction with counseling evaluate a two-week period trial period in which if the symptoms do not subside that a supplement can be used. SAMe has been used in Europe for osteoarthritis and depression. Your body makes SAMe internally but if you’re not creating enough then you can supplement it. In order for the supplement to work there are two activities needed in conjunction.
1, Being involved in activities
Recommended doses include:
For depression: 400-1600 mg per day
For osteoarthritis: 200 mg three times daily.
So before you begin taking large doses of prescription medications, get help, explore your options because going back from prescription medications is not an easy or pretty cycle. Ask for help, start with counseling and pray that your heart would be healed. Paul tells the Phillipians “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7