Thisbymaster: I was thinking about going on antidepressants but I took the hard road of eating better and taking up running. Didn't need a therapist anymore as well.
Amos Quito: Thinking about trying antidepressants?Sure, talk to your doctor, but don't stop there - do you own research - especially when it comes to the SNRI class of AD's.For some they are like "miracle drugs" - vastly improving quality of life, but for others, the side-effects can be hell - and coming off of them can be like quitting heroin. No exaggeration.Also, AskAPatient.com is an excellent resource for learning the experiences that others have ad with AD's or ANY pharmaceutical.Also, your pharmacist often knows more about drugs than your doctor - ask questions and do your research. It's your health and well being that's on the line.$.02
voltOhm: Or society has failed. I'm putting my money on the last one.
Stibium: Sure they are overprescribed, but there is little choice in the matter. For many, therapy is the correct choice but that takes time, money, and is often considered shameful.The only therapy I can get right now is run by incompetent and/or inexperienced people. I can only get in maybe once every two weeks and I'm limited to an hour. The people I need are well beyond what I can pay, and I doubt that if I ever get a job with benefits they'd pay. As well, it's really difficult for people to keep going to their doctors so often without jeopardizing their jobs. And as I said before, I really doubt I could openly tell people I'm going to a psychiatrist without them thinking I'm a crazed lunatic bent on killing everyone in the office.Let's not forget we have a society that wants instant gratification above all else./Because of all of those, I can't get the help I need.
DROxINxTHExWIND: This is the result of a good marketing campaign, good lobbyist, and lazy healthcare professionals.
megarian: Hehe. Yeah. And the "oh fark my entire body is made out of lead and if I move/could move I will surely die."And the "Yes, canceling the TV, phone, mail because fark you" seems legit, rational, and necessary.
dumbobruni: its not 1/4 of all Americans. Its 1/4 of middle-aged women.Overall usage is 1 in 10, which is on par with Iceland.
JohnnyCanuck: megarian: not the "I'm kind of sad today" depressionThe "get the fark outta my face or I will stab you in the throat the second you blink" kind?
PocketfullaSass: Currently going through Effexor withdrawals..../gettin' a kick
Marley'sGirl: Sadly exercise is under-prescribed. Of course, the medical industry doesn't make any money off of the healthy people.
uncleacid: The other 75% just have a hangover.
MayoSlather: voltOhm: Or society has failed. I'm putting my money on the last one.Oh come on, who doesn't want to spend the majority of their life in a job they hate or stuck in traffic getting to the job they hate. Nothing depressing about that.
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