We always knew there was something wrong when anti-depressants were prescribed. Now, scientists from McMaster University have challenged doctors on this. The authors of the paper, posted by the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, studied existing research for evidence to support the theory that has dominated nearly 50 years of depression research: that depression is related to low levels of serotonin in the gaps between cells in the brain. And their research has proved that serotonin-boosting medications actually make it harder for patients to recover, especially in the short term. The paper suggests that serotonin helps the brain adapt to depression by re-allocating its resources, giving more to conscious thought and less to areas such as growth, development, reproduction, immune function, and the stress response. Anti-depressants leave patients in worse shape after they stop using them, and that most forms of depression, though painful, are natural and beneficial adaptations to stress. To relieve stress, the most effective ways have been proven to be high good fats foods, like nuts and virgin oils had raw, oily fish, whole grains and breathing techniques like alternate nose breathing, taught via Yoga and pranayama teachers. Music, meditation and 45 minutes of physical exercise are other sure shot stress relievers.