reply to post by akasha22
I agree that there are likely problems in society that cause people to have more trouble with depression nowadays than in the past. I don't think
necessarily more people are depressed now than have been in the past, but that it's recognized and treated more often than it used to be.
It's likely that, like a lot of medical conditions, many people were afflicted with such things in the past and it simply went undiagnosed. There
was also a lot of self-medicating, I'd imagine, through alcohol, various illicit drugs, etc. But even with all that, I think today's society
demands more of people, and you simply can't wander off to sort through depression on your own.
I don't know what depression rates are in other countries, but I know in the United States, there's a tremendous focus on money and productivity.
In a constant struggle to stay ahead of poverty, many Americans work and work and work. We don't have time for family, we don't have time for
vacation, heck, we often don't have time to eat and sleep. I'd imagine that a lot of this is detrimental to our health. When you're depressed,
you can't take time out for yourself, because you have to keep up the pace or you'll get left behind. So perhaps this is why more people seek
medication to deal with depression.
I've taken a few different anti-depressants over the years for depression and anxiety, and I have absolutely no problem with their availability,
marketing, and prescription. People who claim that anyone who is depressed can just "get over it" hasn't been depressed to the point where
medication was necessary. While I won't say that it's impossible to battle depression without medication (it obviously isn't), I see this akin to
battling an infection without antibiotics. Your body *might* be able to do it, you *might* be healthier in the end as a result, but why put yourself
through the increased risk and suffering when you don't have to? People who beat depression using medication aren't "less cured" than those who
seem to beat it without.
Anyway. As I've stated earlier in this thread, I do not believe that anti-depressants are in any way, shape or form mind control. I think they're
a medication that fills a need that some people have, and I don't understand all these silly people railing against anti-depressants just because
they have some "natural method" that worked for them. There are plenty of nefarious things in the world without people making up stories to find
bogeymen in everything.