Music Therapy vs antidepressants when treating depression

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Speech Topic: Treating Depression

Pill poppin’ or chord strummin’?
I. Introduction
A. Your existence means nothing. I will make you feel like you are worthless and hopeless. I will affect everyone and everything you ever cared about. I do not discriminate; I will kill anyone that lets me take over. I am depression.
B. Today I am going to inform you of the pros and cons of using antidepressants or music therapy to treat depression.
C. I am qualified to speak on this topic as I have done extensive research that has made me quite knowledgeable. D. Preview of Main Points: I will do this by informing you of 1. The effectiveness of antidepressants. 2. The harmful side effects of antidepressants. 3. The effectiveness of Music Therapy. 4. Getting Music Therapy covered by health care and musicogenic epilepsy. (Transition) Let’s start by looking at the effectiveness of antidepressants.

II. Body (sentences in body should be complete sentences) A. Pro/For 1: Antidepressants are effective in reducing depressive symptoms.
1. Antidepressants are meant to create a “floor” to how “low/depressed” one can emotionally become.
2. According to an (April 11, 2012, article on Discovert Fit and Health by Bobbie Hasselbring) Low levels of the neurotransmitters of the brain called serotonin and norepinephrine are associated with depression and sadness. Antidepressants help by bringing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine up, creating a happier mood.

(Transition) Now let’s look at the cons…

B. Con/Against: Antidepressants can cause harmful side effects.
1. In an (article on helpguide.org, in January 2014, Melinda Smith) says they can cause insomnia, weight gain, decreased sex drive, diarrhea and constipation among other side effects and can be serious enough for patients to stop taking antidepressants.
2. (Dr. John Gomez, professor of Psychology at Our Lady of The Lake University/Expert Testimony) explains that, and I quote,

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