Pain Killers Can Cause Depression

A new study released by the Journal of General Internal Medicine indicates that painkillers can be linked to developing depression. In the study, the medical records of 50,000 veterans were analyzed. Collectively, these medical reviews indicate that those who took prescription painkillers for 180 days or longer experienced a 53% increased risk of developing depression.*

Sometimes it is necessary to take painkillers, for example, after a bodily trauma. However, prolonged painkiller use can be dangerous. Talk with your doctor about implementing natural pain relief alternatives such as acupuncture, meditation, and hypnosis.

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