WARNING: all the videos of the chanel OPENMIND serve educational purposes only and DO NOT GLORIFY THE USE OF DRUGS! Have fun with the video! According to the World Health Organisation 4.4 percent of the world population – therefore 322 million people – suffer from depression. In Germany it’s even 5.2 percent who suffer from depression what corresponds to 4.1 million people. And 10.000 people die here (in Germany) yearly from suicide. That is more than people die from road accidents, HIV and illegal drugs together. And until the government finally bans suicide and depression, what of course would fix the problems completely, we rely on other solutions. Because so many suffer from depression I often get asked the question what the best drug against depression is. For a long time I wouldn’t have got an answer, but now I have researched enough to come to a conclusion. which drugs help the most against depression. Why do I even make a video for this? Shouldn’t a doctor tell you what the best drugs are for depression? Of course you should also ask your doctor for this and also inform yourself elsewhere But I take regularly a closer look to drugs which the normal doctor if treating depression would in general not even consider because he just can’t prescribe them. I am of course refering here to illegal drugs. Here you’ll get presented some alternatives away from the mainstream. You could say I’m the Donald Trump of depression! The outsider it needs to save the world! … To compare myself to Donald Trump is probably not the best idea to gain credibility, but maybe I’ll get it back through my argumentation. It is not known anyhow until today what happens in the brain with a depression so the doctors are probably left in the dark just like me. There are many many drugs which seem to appear to help against depression (at first). Here the positive effects usually occur only at the beginning You could take drugs like heroin, MDMA, cocaine or methamphetamine for depression and every symptom of the depression would first disappear. Well, of course. Such drugs release an incredible amout of happiness hormones And one would feel of course good even when having depression. Most of all a tolerance is building up to the drug so more and more is needed to escape the depression. Necessarily – because of the uprising drug consumption – more and more side effects will occur. and when you stop the dep..dru..dptppfftpt … And when you stop taking the drugs you will often feel even worse than before because all the happiness hormones are used up. Simply because such drugs at first SEEM to help and everything gets bad again when stopping to take the drugs there is a particularly high potential for people with depression to get addicted to such drugs. I asked you to fill out a survey about the topic “depression” and from that it results that people with depression had almost twice as often a phase in their lifes where they overdid it with drugs in comparison with the non-depressed. So if I where a depressive person I would stay away from party drugs as good as possible. And alcohol is of course also one of them. For this reason I am also very sceptical about prescribed medicines. Those are often only serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as well. Of course you feel a little better at first But often times you have to increase the dose within time and other side effects occur. If that’s not enough for you to be sceptical about classic anti-depressants let following fact melt in your brain: there are several studies showing that anti-depressants are slightly more effective than placebos. The sentence indeed includes that they can help small a little and if you are someone who thinks it helps I don’t want to completely talk you out of it. And in no way stop taking your anti-depressants without more ado when you’re on them for a while now. At least it is 10 percent of my viewers who think that prescribed anti-depressents helped them. But if you never took anti-depressants before and are considering it at the moment be aware that you’ll be very likely disappointed from these substances in a long term. 28 percent of you with depression who took anti-depressants think that anti-depressants have worsened their situation. This value is higher than with all the other drugs I asked you about.
(note says: even MDMA has lower values here) So rather homeopathy instead. With the really hyped benzos like XANAX we have the same problem again: May help at first but not in the long term. But how is it with cannabis? Can it help with depression? I’ve already met a lot of people who swear on it but also in this case it isn’t so clear. When I look at studies, experience reports and other sources about this there are some who say it works good for depression and some who say that weed was even the cause for their depression. Cannabis is a substance that for many people has got a mood-enhancing, motivating effect but for many it can cause a certain lethargy. Because of those both sides of cannabis I come to the conslusion that it can go in both directions. Sometimes it gets worse from it, sometimes it gets better. Whereby according to you there are significantly more people where it helps than .. *phone vibrates* (curses) Whereby according to you there are significantly more people where it helps than where depression gets worsened. 44 percent claimed that cannabis helps them with depression whereas only 17 percent believed cannabis has worsened the depression. Of the 44 percent probably many consume it on a daily basis. And here one must ask how many of them just don’t know that they will feel worse when they stop taking cannabis. I think here you can fall into the trap I mentioned to the anti-depressants and partydrugs what weed could also be considered as. At first you persuade yourself that it helps respectively it really helps in the beginning because weed is fun and then the tolerance rises, more side effects kick in and so on… It’s definitely no miracle cure against depression but according to the data of my survey it helps more people on an average than most of the other substances. But now to the drugs that are according to my research the most promising for depression. These are psychedelics like mushrooms and LSD, but ketamine is also very promising. At first my explanation to the psychedelic drugs: because it is mainly illegal drugs we don’t have so many studies like we have with the classic anti-depressants. But those that we have show such an incredibly positive effect for depression, that the classical anti-depressants, which have been rated by studies merely as “slightly better than placebos” seem ridicilous. In a study 12 participants who had depression and have done at least two unsuccessful treatments were given psylocobin. One week after the intake the symptoms improved for a whopping 100 percent of the probands. Two-thirds even were after the week completely free of depression. And seven of the twelve continued to show significant positve effects after three months. In a study regarding the impacts of ayahuasca on depression the conclusion is made that ayahuasca seems to have significant anti-depressive effects. Before bigger arranged studies are made I don’t want to exclude that maybe in the future comes out that psychedelica maybe are less helpful after all than these first studies may suggest. But to me it just makes so much sense that Psychedelica surpasses every so far applied medication. With the medication used so far you take drugs that induce a high
(Antidepressants often don’t induce a “real high”, just figuratively in comparision to the depressive state) which overlays the depression. Whereas psychedelica tackles the main causes of problem By the use of them you can change specific mindsets with a single consumption for a longer period. The Author Micheal Pollan has recently written a very recommandable book about the psychedelic renaissance and his psychedelic experiences in old age. Because of this essential mighty ability of the drugs to change mindsets on a long term he named the book “How to Change Your Mind”. In the book he also reports the positive effects of psychedelica to depression. Despite of the lacking research results the treatment of depression with psychedelica has a few additional downsides. The experience can be very intensely exhausting or even frightening. And now the perhaps biggest downside: It’s assumed that a therapeutic supervision during the trip is essential in order to achieve those very positive results. Psychedelica are a really powerful tool and being consumed in the wrong environment the ability to change thought patterns can go horribly wrong. I always tell this example from
an acquaintance of mine to demonstrate that. After her first experience with LSD all symptoms of her depression were gone. 3 months later because of her second experience with LSD with a bad setting, she got a psychosis that lasted one year. Therefore during the trip therapeutic support is needed which lead the potential to new thought patterns in the right direction. Because of the illegality it is of course hard to find professional help here. But there are “Underground-Therapists” who help you with that.
(with the risk to get a non-serous therapist or a scammer) I don’t want to say that you can’t achieve successes without professional help. But because of the risks I wouldn’t recommend it. But here, too applies: better trip than rope. I think even the biggest drug opponents agree with me that you should rather take drugs than to kill yourself. Exept for me they might see it vice versa. 6 percent of my depressive viewers claimed that psychedelica has worsened their situation. If they all had have a therapist the number would have been significantly lower. Nevertheless is 6 percent compared with the other drugs the second lowest value. This number is only undercut by ketamine. Only 1 percent of my depressive ketamine consuments claimed that ketamine has worsened their situation. Ketamine has a few similairities to psychedelica. The first similairity is unfortunatly that we’ve got too little studies here to give a final judgement. But the studies that exist seem to be very promising. The second similarity is that the anti-depressive effect last a little longer though. Only after 18 days in general the patients relapsed according to a study. Furthermore the anti-depressive effect takes in rapidly and effectively. The intoxication should less likely become a negative, too strong experience for the user (appropriate dosage is assumed) than a psychedelic trip. Und unlike psychedelica I’ve read nowhere that the therapeutic supervision is essential with ketamine. The negative effects of ketamine would be the addiction potential that should not be underestimated, and the side effects – especially the physical ones – which are clearly stronger than they are with psychedelica. And according to my survey ketamine helps fewer people than psychedelic drugs. What do you think is more sensible? A drug that helps more people in total in percentage terms, but on the other hand there are more people where the situation gets worse because of the drug? Or a drug that helps fewer people in percentage terms, but on the other hand there is scarcely anybody whose situation gets worse compared to before? In this video I have presented psychedelic substances and ketamine as the most promising drugs against depression but unfortunately there is no drug that helps everyone and with every drug there are people where the depression gets worse because of it For that reason you have to ask yourself if a substance is the most promising way to fight this disease in the first place. No! In the long term according to my research it’s much more effective to do certain other things that can help against depression. So don’t alway rely only on drugs, but rather take them as an aid in order to make longterm changes in your lives. Drug-free aids would be things like sport, meditation, friends, family, nature, therapy, a very fulfilling job or fulfilling hobby… For me, as someone who hasn’t got depression it was alway very hard to understand how you feel as a depressive person. How is it too feel sad without any reason? And because I know so many people with depression, I have bought the audiobook “Lost Connections” in order to learn more about this disease. This book unfolds very nicely that almost everyone with depression are not really sad without a reason. Often times the reason is just not that obvious. I really recommend this book if you have depression or like me – know many people with depression. If you are new to “audible” you can get this book for free by clicking on my affiliate link with the free trial month. I’d be very glad about that. The author of “Lost Connections” is Johann Hari by the way He also wrote the book “Chasing the Scream” This book is the best known “red pill”-drug-politics-book. “Lost Connections”could also be seen as the “red pill”-book in the matter of depression. And yes, I’ve got the book as an audiobook and as a physical copy, so it has to be very good. Write a comment if I should make a video to the solutions without drugs in detail and also in general what helped the most for your depression! One thing that is really effective against depression is to subscribe to my channel.