Dear Jonny, Antidepressants?
What are your thoughts on anti-depressants?
I believe there are some people who, as victims of legitimate chemical imbalances, benefit from medication that assists their hormonal cascade in reaching and maintaining something close to equilibrium. Their problems are internal. That said, in this day and age, entirely too many cases of depression are by-products of external forces. People live unfulfilled lives while trapped in lackluster relationships, dead-end jobs and unhealthy bodies, which spiral them into a state of perpetual discontentment. Eventually they find themselves in the clutches of a pill-happy doctor who makes his living casually treating symptoms rather than conscientiously addressing their root causes. Drugs are prescribed, brains are numbed, and what was once unbearable suddenly becomes absolutely tolerable. This process allows fundamentally miserable people to go through life without weighing too heavily on the banality of their existences. The enthusiastic numbness affords them the luxury of getting through the day without focusing on the things they have every reason to be completely despondent about. Nothing has changed, but suddenly they find themselves encapsulated by a renewed lease on life; a zesty breath of fresh air. But it’s a sick, slick illusion. And not one I can, in good conscience, recommend.
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