As reported by Reuters last week, antidepressant medications appear to help only very severely depressed people and work no better than placebos in many patients, British researchers said on Monday.

Researchers led by Irving Kirsch of the University of Hull reviewed a series of studies, both published and unpublished, on four antidepressants, examining the question of whether a person’s response to these drugs hinged on how depressed they were before getting treatment.

They are all so-called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.

Now, I don’t know about you, but this does not surprise me. This is the case with many medications available, not just SSRIs. In a number of instances, I have worked with clients that have presented with depression. In most of these cases, their level of depression either disappears or reduces dramatically.

So what did they do to improve their mood? They set themselves goals to achieve. Without having something to aim for each day, how can you be happy? They ensured they were properly hydrated and ate right for their metabolic type. They exercised on most days of the week and went to bed by 10-10.30 and had at least 8 hours sleep per night.

Most of these clients were able to come off the SSRIs under the supervision of the G.P.

The reason I believe that eating right for your metabolic type improves mood is that it helps to balance brain chemistry and blood sugar levels.

So a little suggestion if you are feeling a little depressed is try what my clients have done to reduce and eliminate their depression. If that doesn’t work on it’s own, keep going with those and try other modalities like NLP, CBT, EFT, TFT or BodyTalk.