A Powerful Alternative to Antidepressants

By Aliss Cresswell


I was astounded to read a BBC News Article this week which stated: More than eight million people in England are on antidepressants – which are prescribed for depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder and other conditions. That’s one million more people than five years previously, (stats from NHS for BBC Panorama)…”

So, if there are around 50 million adults in England, then that’s a whopping 16% taking antidepressant medication! And that’s probably a similar figure for the rest of the UK and other nations too.

The BBC article goes on to say: “More than a quarter of patients on antidepressants in England have been taking them for five years or more.

This is despite there being limited evidence of the benefits of taking the drugs for that length of time.

A doctor who runs an NHS clinic helping people off the pills says withdrawal symptoms can make it hard for some to stop taking their medication…

The investigation also uncovered evidence that a leading drug company attempted 27 years ago to conceal possible withdrawal effects that one drug could cause.

Modern antidepressants – called SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors) – arrived from the late 1980s, including Prozac. They were quickly heralded as wonder drugs compared with earlier medications, some of which had serious side effects.

They were thought to treat depression by fixing an imbalance of the mood-regulating chemical serotonin in the brain. Researchers are now not clear how they work. One theory is that they simply change how you think or feel, rather than rectifying an underlying problem.” (BBC News Article June 2023).

With such a huge percentage of the population looking for help and resorting to antidepressants, which statistically have little benefit and potential side-effects, it’s high time we made known the powerful alternative available for everyone!

A powerful alternative to antidepressants

In my latest book, “Get rid of those demons – it’s your time to shine!” I address the underlying cause of many common mental health issues. Below are extracts from my book, including a powerful alternative to antidepressants, which I think you will find liberating:

Evidence is clear that the side-effects of taking antidepressants are many and according to the NHS website can include anxiety, shaking, stomach problems, sexual problems, insomnia, blurred vision, problems urinating, tiredness, weight gain, excessive sweating, heart problems, twitching, diabetes, seizures, psychosis, stopping breathing, coma, suicidal thoughts, and if that wasn’t enough, even muscle pain and headaches, presumably the very problems that one was attempting to alleviate in the first place!…

A Spiritual Root

Despite often being a result of past trauma, many mental health issues actually have a spiritual root. Discovering the spiritual power behind conditions such as depression, bi-polar, self-harm, confusion, imaginary friends, OCD, ADD, autism, schizophrenia, phobias, anxieties and various disorders can help bring swift and permanent freedom.

I was speaking to a large crowd one time and the Holy Spirit showed me that a person in that meeting had witnessed something horrific in their past, like a violent death and suffered from ongoing trauma as a result. A vision flashed before my eyes of a lot of blood and an awful incident which I went on to describe. A young woman raised her hand and told us all how as a girl she had witnessed an horrific murder right in front of her. Her life had been dramatically impacted as a result to such a degree that she suffered terribly from the trauma in many ways.

After releasing the peace of Jesus into her life, we told the spirit of trauma to leave her. It left forcefully and she fell backwards some distance onto the floor. She was unhurt, but when she got up, she knew all the trauma had left her. We saw her again a year or so later and she told us that she had been completely set free from that demon and her life had been transformed as a result. Years of medication and counselling were unable to help her, but she was instantly freed through the power of Jesus.


Our Miracle Cafés attract a lot of people. Not just for the good food and drinks, but many are also drawn to our free spiritual menu. Freedom from negative thoughts and anxiety is a popular request from our customers. And it’s no wonder, with pandemics, wars, unrest, economies and the like being in turbulence, not to mention ill health, loss, financial and relationship issues…

Unfortunately, whenever we come into agreement in any way with an evil spirit and give it a place in our life, we empower it. We must break agreement and stop its influence in order to live free.

“Refuse to worry about tomorrow but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself” (Matthew 6:34 TPT)…

The way to freedom is simple. Once we recognize that the source of the problem is demonic, half the battle is won! In fact, the battle has already been won, because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Once the schemes of the enemy are exposed, it’s simply a matter of submitting to Jesus and acknowledging that through Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, the powers of darkness have been broken.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, He (Jesus) also shared in their humanity, so that by His death, He might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery…” (Hebrews 2:14)…

What is behind depression?

Depression can very often be caused by demons. Once, when I was relaxing in the garden on a lovely summer’s day, a dark feeling came over me for no apparent reason. I began to feel sad and then depressed quite quickly. I was starting to take on board the depressing thoughts and felt very low, but instantly I realized these were not my thoughts and that I must not take them on board or agree with them. I recognized that a spirit of depression or despair (like that mentioned in Isaiah 61:3) had tried to settle on me, so I spoke out loud and commanded the spirit to leave in the name of Jesus. Immediately the feelings disappeared, and I was back to normal. I was shocked to realize that if I’d taken those thoughts any further and come into agreement with that demon, before long I could be suffering from depression. I think this happens to many people without them knowing it.

Demons torture, they enslave, they defile, they deceive, they cause addictions, they attack the physical body and the mind, they compel, they harass, they entice.

But, “The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). That is our true identity and inheritance, and it is up to us to choose this way of life each day.

Emotional freedom

Isaiah 61 cites a spirit of despair which can also be translated ‘heaviness’. Many people relate to a feeling of hopelessness, or despair as being a heavy feeling or a dark cloud upon them. They find it difficult to get up in the morning or to exercise, or even to go about the day’s basic necessities of life.

Often this is a result of being betrayed or abandoned, even from a young age, or perhaps a traumatic experience or sustained difficulties or loss in life.

If we allow feelings of rejection, hopelessness, anger, rebellion, hatred, bitterness, fear (and any negative emotion you can think of) to have a place in our life, then before long, evil spirits of rejection, hopelessness, anger, rebellion, hatred, bitterness, fear and so on, will take up residence in our emotions which is part of our soul. The result of this is that we become an angry person, or a fearful person or whatever, and those traits will manifest in our lives, no matter how hard we try to stop them.

The solution is to recognize the demons and get rid of them and to go back to the root cause of those feelings – what caused that response in me in the first place? That needs to be dealt with and repentance is also necessary, which means changing the way we think and acting differently.


My book goes on to explain how we can be free, along with a whole series of prayers for you to pray along with. Here is part of one of those prayers that you may now wish to pray:

Father God, please forgive me for coming into agreement with any evil spirit that has caused… (and then say what it is). Father God forgive me for coming into agreement with any evil spirit of (pain, depression, despair, anxiety, addiction, cancer, arthritis etc) when I spoke out….. or took medication to try and suppress it…. or expected it to happen…. or gave in to fear… (or whichever way you gave it a foothold in your life). I’m sorry for believing the lies of the enemy over the Word of God and Your Truth. Whatever is causing this condition, I command that demonic spirit to leave me now through the power of Jesus who is the anointed one; the highest power… Amen.

I hope you found these short extracts from my book helpful. Follow the link for more details including me reading the introduction on video and you can purchase the book from our online store. Also available on Kindle.

About the Author: Aliss Cresswell

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Aliss Cresswell believes in the God of miracles and living a life full of love and power. Through pioneering Miracle Cafés and Spirit Lifestyle training, Aliss and her husband Rob equip and activate those who pursue a Spirit-filled life to demonstrate God’s power and transform communities everywhere they go.

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