Have you ever had a situation in your life where someone you know thinks you’re depressed or anxious (and it’s most likely that you might not be), and then they recommend “medication” to cure it? Ever since I was a kid, it seemed like people were trying to solve everything with drugs, and today, it seems to me that people just see depression as something to sweep under the rug. Most people in our society see depression as an eyesore rather than a serious problem, and they just want it to go away quickly so that it doesn’t bother them. Of course, treating depression with drugs does nothing to cure unhappiness, and only serves to allow society to ignore the social problems that can cause depression.
The thing about these drugs is that they only work intermittently. They may inhibit depression for a little while, but they are inadequate are a permanent solution. If you want to cure your depression, you need to talk to someone about it. I know first hand that talking to someone about your problems and feelings is the best way to feel better because it means somebody is listening to you when you need it most. When you try and cure your depression with drugs, you’re not getting real help. The doctor prescribing the drugs doesn’t care about you or your problems. The doctor only cares about selling you some drug that doesn’t work so he can get his paycheck.
To me, this is endemic of a larger social problem. The fact that these drugs are so commonly recommended as the first response to perceived depression is a sign that people just a quick fix, a “miracle cure” that causes all problems to go away rather than making the effort to tackle the social problems that cause depression. To me, that’s almost the same as how we in the west, instead of tackling the root of poverty, prefer to keep jamming people into overcrowded prisons. We keep looking for magic solutions, but the reality is that so-called magic solutions don’t work in real life. That’s why they’re called magic solutions in the first place. In fact, the only reason antidepressants are still a widely accepted solution is because the big pharmaceutical companies want you to think that way so that they can still make money off of gullible fools, and trust me, they know exactly how to do it.
If my experience tells me anything, it’s that you shouldn’t try and cure depression with drugs, and if you must use drugs, it should only be a last resort for if all other forms of therapy have failed. The problem here is that what should be a last resort is frequently the first response. I’ve had periods of depression before, and I’ve gotten through them without antidepressants. In fact, I haven’t been depressed for at least two months, and whenever I was, I never ever resorted to drugs of any kind, because I firmly believe that it would do nothing to solve the problem, and it wasn’t what I needed anyway. You can’t just wipe away your depression with drugs anymore than you can drown it in alcohol, just that Prozac has a better rap than Coors.
Depression is a natural part being human that we all go through at some stage in life. It’s a problem we all must face, but instead of actually facing it, I see that people in society would much rather try and make it “go away” with happy pills. Are we trying to send the message that we should be sweeping our problems under the rug just to prevent it from being an inconvenience to our lives? Yes, tackling depression is hard, but it’s not a disease. In fact, it’s even easier to deal with depression if we’re more open to one another. We need to talk each other about our problems because that helps us to overcome them, and that makes us feel happy. Drugs don’t do that, so rather than pushing pills on down people throats, maybe we should try actually helping each other out. I think if we were more willing to open up to other people around us, we would make our own lives a lot better than a whole pack of antidepressants ever could.