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Welcome to the Mad in America podcast, a new weekly discussion that searches for the truth about psychiatric prescription drugs and mental health care worldwide.

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May 16, 2017

This week we interview Simone who talks about her experiences of postnatal depression, fibromyalgia and her treatment with antidepressants. Simone describes how nutrition played a huge part in her recovery and how she now supports others with their health and wellbeing.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Simone experienced Post Natal Depression after the birth of her first child
  • That she struggled to bond with the baby and how she felt guilty and upset all the time leading to a visit to her doctor
  • How a doctor diagnosed depression and prescribed antidepressants
  • That the drugs made her feel completely numb
  • How she took the drugs for around 2 years and then decided to stop
  • That the main side effects were dry mouth and nausea but she felt very little, if any, benefit
  • That Simone was careful to gradually reduce her antidepressant drugs when stopping
  • How Simone started to battle with extreme fatigue which made working difficult
  • That another doctor then prescribed another antidepressant that is commonly used for chronic pain but they didn't help at all
  • How Simone eventually saw a pain psychiatrist who was a great help and support and didn't rely on drug treatments
  • How Simone started to make fundamental changes in her life to deal with her mood and her chronic pain
  • How changing her nutrition meant that she could be pain free and without inflammation
  • That Simone believes that depression is your body’s way of telling you that you need to make significant changes in your life
  • How Simone now supports other people with their health and wellbeing after retraining as a coach
  • That Doctors are under severe time pressure and therefore are not able to look at a patients life holistically
  • That Simone recommends the work of Dr. Kelly Brogan and the Human Givens Institute
  • The fact that social media can be a major source of anxiety for children and that we should be working on their psychological strength when they are young
  • That people should cut out sugar from their diets before considering taking an antidepressant

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