Iím sitting in the green room, about to appear on Daytime TV, and the television is blaring in the background. Now mind you, I donít have television in my home so Iím a bit out of the loop. But since Iíve been sitting here, Iíve seen one anti-depressant ad after another (mixed in with ads for lawyers who want to help you sue your doctor if you had complications from your anti-depressant). WTF?
When did anti-depressants get marketed to TV viewers? And why do they all promise peace, joy, tranquility, and the end to all of lifeís suffering? I mean seriously people.
Now donít get me wrong. Iím no Tom Cruise, and I swear I wonít be judging Brooke Shields if she takes anti-depressants for her postpartum depression. Anti-depressants can be a Godsend, and I have witnessed lives being saved. Sometimes, these drugs are a necessary step to get someone out of bed and back into life. Sometimes, they literally talk someone off the ledge. God bless Zoloft.
Holistic approach to depression
ButÖ(and this is a huge but for me)Ö anti-depressants are just one of many tools to help people deal with mood disorders. These ads instill in me the fear that too many misinformed patients and busy doctors will run zero to sixty towards drugs, when treatment for depression should be much more holistic.