I'm writing this post because Betty takes too much heat for speaking out against antidepressants. When she was in a bad marriage, her doctor prescribed one of the first antidepressants on the market...she took one and decided to throw the rest out. Getting a divorce and joining the Sexual Revolution cured her depression.
Recently, 60 Minutes covered some of the latest research on antidepressants: for most people antidepressants have little more than a placebo effect. You take a pill and you feel better. Antidepressants only worked for severely depressed people. And the drug companies knew that from the start.
What they don't tell you is that antidepressants have been linked to stroke and heart disease in men and breast and ovarian cancer in women. Dr. Andrew Weil believes that antidepressants are over prescribed and there are other more effective therapies like diet and exercise. He points out that Iceland has the lowest incidence of depression in the world which is surprising since they don't have daylight several months of the year. But they have diets high in omega-3 fatty acids. Aerobic exercise and social connection have also been effective in treating depression.
The issue is that there isn't a definitive test to ascertain whether or not you should take an antidepressant. There's no depression test. And no where in my antidepressant research did anyone talk about the role of orgasm in your overall health. Somehow sexuality never comes up in any medical discussion. It doesn't seem to register that if you're having regular orgasms through masturbation you're releasing endorphins and oxytocin which make you feel good about yourself and connected to the world around you - that this may be beneficial.
Betty's first question when she has a private session client is, "are you on antidepressants?"...frequently they are. Whenever we're at sex conferences, we talk with other practitioners about the role of antidepressants and the inability to achieve orgasm. No one will come out and say that there's a connection. No one wants to get sued.
Personally, I wouldn't take the risk of developing cancer...I'd rather hit the gym, eat some fish and have an orgasm. I can't help but wonder - why not treat depression with self love?