A Delicate Brain Chemical Balance Part 1

Do medications like Prozac work long term for depression?

A normal body easily balances blood sugar, serotonin and beta-endorphin. If you are sugar sensitive it is likely you are off balance. Levels in all 3 of these systems must be balanced and in harmony for you to stop dramatic fluctuations in personality and mood. Working on just one while leaving the others untouched is counter productive. A little progress can be made but negative symptoms can still haunt you if 2 of the others systems remain unbalanced.

In the chart below this reflects a person before making any changes.

Low Blood Sugar:

Tired all the time
Tired for no reason
Restless,can’t keep still
Confused
Having trouble remembering
Having trouble concentrating
Easily frustrated
More irritable than usual
Getting angry unexpectedly

Low Serotonin:

Depressed
Impulsive
Having a short attention span
Block, scattered
Flying off the handle
Suicidal
Reactive
Craving sweets
Craving mostly carbohydrates like bread, pasta and cereal

Low Beta-endorphin:

Low pain tolerance
Tearful, reactive
Low self-esteem
Overwhelmed by other’s pain
Feeling isolated
Depressed, hopeless
Feeling “done to” by others
Craving sugar!
Emotionally overwhelmed

It’s clear this person probably feels pretty bad with all three levels out of order. Lets say their physician prescribes something to raise serotonin levels to help with depression. Once the person is stabilized on the drug they begin to feel better – less depressed, and more optimism.

For the sake of discussion lets say the person does not change their diet and still eats a lot of sweets and starches. The following chart shows how that might play out

Low Blood Sugar:

Tired all the time
Tired for no reason
Restless,can’t keep still
Confused
Having trouble remembering
Having trouble concentrating
Easily frustrated
More irritable than usual
Getting angry unexpectedly

Optimal Serotonin:

Hopeful, optimistic
Reflective and thoughtful
Able to concentrate
Creative, focused
Able to think things through
Able to seek help
Responsive
Looking forward to a dessert a bit
Hungry for healthy foods

Low Beta-endorphin:

Low pain tolerance
Tearful, reactive
Low self-esteem
Overwhelmed by other’s pain
Feeling isolated
Depressed, hopeless
Feeling “done to” by others
Craving sugar!
Emotionally overwhelmed

Now that the depression seems better their self-esteem is still low and they feel isolated and in a state of overwhelm. This would be a VERY confusing state to be in. To the person it would be hard to explain the mixture of feelings. The prescription drug was supposed to help and it did – but wait a minute, why are the dark feeling still happening? the feeling may not be as intense as in the past but their still there.

This is what happened – The drug raised their serotonin but because of their diet, their blood sugar and beta-endorphin levels were still low. They still felt tired, irritable, and occasionally brassily. They might come to the conclusion the medication is not working and ask for another medication which might help, initially. And then the very same issues begin to show up.

In part 2 we’ll show you what happens when this person discovers several new diet books that look like they may be the solution or at least, part of the solution.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *