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Re: One in ten Americans take antidepressants

Posted by Christ_empowered on July 4, 2015, at 19:47:59

In reply to Re: One in ten Americans take antidepressants, posted by SLS on July 4, 2015, at 8:30:51

Antidepressants aren't all bad. My wellbutrin sr is helping lift my mood a bit and also improve concentration. Actually, now that I'm at 400mgs/day, I'm also more in control of my eating, which is huge.

That said...1 in 10 is huge. I get the impression that a lot of social problems are psych-babbled as "personal problems." "The personal is political," right?

Unemployment. Underemployment. Marital instability. Broken families. Social class issues. Racism. Sexism. Homophobia. Aging.

These are all problems/issues that are rooted in society and the economy, but the immediate effects are often personal. Unemployed? LOSER! Never mind that lots of people are now unemployed or underemployed.

Undoubtedly, depression is a problem. I've had psychotic depression, so...antidepressants are sort of a big deal for me, and I'm glad there are now a number of options out there. That said, you can't throw pills at (poverty. homophobia, misogyny, terrible family dynamics, etc.) and expect things to "get better." Its just what I think of as the medicalization of misery and distress.




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