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Battling depression

Are you battling depression?

Antidepressants can be an effective tool to treat major depression. I know from personal experience that I cannot function without them.

Currently, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments are available. Due to lack of resources, antidepressants are used more frequently than psychological interventions in Canada.

However, their effectiveness is not unanimous. It doesn’t work for everyone. It doesn’t mean that you should tell people not to take medication. If you aren’t a medical doctor, or if you don’t struggle with serious mental health issues, you shouldn’t have a say. You wouldn’t tell a cancer patient to walk it off, don’t tell someone struggling with their brain chemistry too.

Also, being depressed is not the same as having depression. Do not confuse the two. You can’t just get over depression. In my case, my body doesn’t produce enough serotonin. The same way my dead thyroid, doesn’t do it’s job. I take medication for that too. Without that medication, I would die. Without my anti-depressant, I become suicidal.

In Canada, about 11% of men and 16% of women experience major depression in their lifetime. The costs associated with mental illnesses reach $ 50 billion annually in Canada.

The good news is that majority of the most effective antidepressants are now off patent and on sale in generic form.

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