Antidepressants can be an effective tool to treat major depression. Currently, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments are available, but due to lack of resources, antidepressants are used more frequently than psychological interventions.
However, their effectiveness is not unanimous. 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.
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.