Surprising Sources of Depression


Beware of medications that put you at risk. A 2018 University of Illinois study says more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults may be taking prescription medicines that can cause depression.

The scientists analyzed the medication use of some 26,000 adults over a nine-year period. They found that more than 200 commonly used prescription drugs — blood pressure and heart medications, antacids, and painkillers — have depression or suicide listed as possible side effects.

Take more than one of these drugs? You’ll carry a greater risk of becoming depressed, the study says. The researchers found 15 percent of adults who used three or more of the drugs at the same time became depressed. That compares with 5 percent of those not using any and 9 percent of those taking two of the drugs.

Other common medications to look out for include ones used to treat allergies, anxiety, and seizures. Be sure to ask your doctor about possible side effects before starting any medication.

One all-natural way to beat back depression is by eating the right foods.  We’ve discovered one of the most effective diet routines to boost your mood.  Turn to page 261 of The Joy of Independent Living for Seniors to get the details.

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  • FC&A Staff Writer