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Drugs and Other Toxic Causes of Depression

The cause of your depression may be as close as your medicine cabinet. That’s right, people might be getting poisoned by their medicine, cleaning chemicals, or contaminants in their drinking water. Take a look around your home to see if these toxins might be contributing to your depression.


Believe it or not, hundreds of medications list depression as a possible side effect. Check your medicine labels to see if the drugs you are taking might be some of them. Depression caused by medication might be more prevalent in those who have a family history of depression, but can still affect anyone.

Metals & Minerals

There are several metals and minerals that can poison your body: lead, copper, aluminum, and mercury being the most common. Look around your home for items that contain these metals and minerals. You might find them in your drinking water, food cans, eating utensils, paint, plumbing, water heaters, cook wear, spices, antiperspirants and deodorants, thermometers, antiseptics, cosmetics, and more!


Petrochemicals are chemicals found in synthetic products like paint, fuels, and plastic. Depending on the petrochemical, it can poison your body in several ways: breathing its fumes, allowing it to touch your skin, or being accidentally swallowed. Take caution when handling these materials, which can include paint thinner, permanent markers, glues, varnishes, processed wood, and natural gas and oil. This can includes working on a gas stove; you may need to change to an electric one to prevent adverse effects from the fumes.


Obviously pesticides are dangerous; they kill bugs! But they can harm you, too. When using pesticides, be sure to follow the directions on the label. You may also need to be aware of pesticides that farmers or grocery stores spray on produce.

Chemicalized Carpets and Other Materials

Stain-resistant carpet and upholstery, sun-proof draperies, and some wood furniture have been treated with chemicals to ensure it lasts a long time and won’t be easily damaged. Take a look around your home. Are these materials present? If you or your family experience headaches, fatigue, or confusion, you may want to consider changing out some of these items, even if it means re-carpeting your entire house.

Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Many products contain scents and other chemicals that may actually cause you to be depressed. Examine your cosmetics, lotions, soaps, and other personal care products. Aim to keep their ingredients as naturally as possible, which means you may need to skip the delicious scent for an unscented version instead.


Radiation and magnetic fields can contribute to your depression. Think you aren’t around anything like that? Check out any electronic device in your house. You will want to limit your exposure to radiation and magnetic fields these devices give off. In other words, keep your distance from the television (3-4 feet from a small screen, 8-10 feet from a large one) and computer screen (stay an arm’s length away), don’t stand in front of the microwave when it’s on, don’t have rooms heated with cables, and limit your exposure to main power lines.

So What Do We Do?

After reading this article, you may want to throw all of these things out of your home. But that is not necessary. Just be smart. Completely avoid what toxins you can, then clean and filter things like your air and water to prevent you from consuming other toxins. And be sure to take care of yourself so your body can fight off whatever it DOES consume. For more specific strategies, search online.


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