Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Stanton Peele writes;

I know, some qvetches will claim that antidepressant use will continue to grow since drugs don't get to the core discontents of our era - especially considering that the fastest growing consumers of these and other psychiatrics meds are young Americans, and people don't easily ?stop taking these drugs. Why can't these stupid people absorb the reality that depression is simply a lifetime disease, and the more people we get on drugs, and the more quickly, the happier we will all be? (The same issue of the Archives had an article focussing on depression among preschoolers.)

my question to Mr. Peele is "what alternatives do you suggest for these "lifetime disease" sufferers of depression?

we all know anti-depressants don't work for everyone;
but there are numerous cases of people who's lives
have been saved by SSRI's.

clinical depression is not just a case of the blues

the complexity of the interaction between neurotransmitters
serotonin and
norepinephrine is not manageable with
diet, exercise, prayer or 12 step programs .

I challenge anyone to tell me how I feel without
the use of antidepressants.

it is a black hole and a feeling of hopelessness
that cannot be alleviated by meetings, prayer,
sponsors or mere abstinence

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Shadow said...

i don't thing there's an answer out there that'll satisfy and work for everyone...

Chad Prigmore said...

This is one of those cases in which doctors are diagnosing everyone as clinically depressed in order to get more pills sold.

For those that are truly clinically depressed, it is a very real and sad malady to deal with. But I feel it makes it worse when someone suffering is not taken as seriously as they should because so many others are being given the same diagnosis in error.