posted on Oct, 22 2012 @ 09:48 AM
A psychiatrist prescribes medication for, usually, one of two reasons: one the person is depressed, and needs a sort of "pick-me-up" to help the
healing/dealing process starts (more on this in a bit). The second is because a person is mentally unstable and needs certain chemical imbalances
restored (think bipolar).
Now, medication for depression, in my opinion as a univ. student in psychology, is a great thing, but it should only be a temporary state. It's
purpose is to regulate your emotional state (very broad definition there), so that a person can begin to bring themselves back into their lives and
society. However, with this being said, it should never be used as a crutch. When a person on medication begins to feel better about themselves, when
the medication has started to kick in, that is when the patient should begin to evaluate (with aid of a psychologist/psychiatrist) why they are
depressed. Once that information is known, it should be acted upon and eventually that problem should be solved. Once it is? Great! Off the medication
you go! (Sometimes even before that!).
I have been on antidepressants myself, and that is exactly what I did. I used them until I was settled (a week or two), started figuring out the
problem on why I was depressed, dealt with it, and got myself off the meds. The meds are great for clearing your head and letting you get to the root
of a problem you might not otherwise have seen.
People believe that a psychologist is there to give you "happy" thoughts, and while we do try to boost your self-esteem, but stroking your ego is
not what we are there for. We understand that telling a depressed person to think "happy" thoughts does not, and will not, make you happy. Asking a
depressed person to be happy is like asking a fish to breath out of water.
Holistic alternatives to antidepressants may work for some, especially those who are low on the depressed scale, but honestly? That little pill gives
you a high, regulating, dose no fruit or vegetable can give you. Where as I might be willing to agree the holistic approach is good for small
day-to-day issues that can bring a person down, I cannot agree that a person with chronic, or major, depression go the holistic way.
Please understand this is a very broad generalization, and remember: never self-medicate.