DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor – the following article should not be taken as medical advice in any way. If you’re feeling depressed, call a doctor or counsellor. To get more information, call the Nunavut Kamatsiaq Help Line, toll-free, at 1-800-265-3333.
We All Suffer
People are often surprised to learn that I suffer from both anxiety and depression. Doctor’s have tried to diagnose me with “conditions” and encouraged me to begin a regiment of medication. However, being weary of using anything “unnatural” to the human body (evolutionarily speaking), I avoid things like Tylenol, Pepto Bismal, herpes medication, antidepressants, etc. – all products which I’m healthy (and fortunate) enough not to need.
Useful as these products might be, they’re commercial, profit-driven products. By definition, the companies who make these products care more about my money than my health. Commercial products often depend on repeat sales, and therefore, do little to address the cause of my ailment, opting only to mask its symptoms. Furthermore, I believe they lower our natural body’s ability to heal itself, even if only psychologically.
That being said, I understand that anti-depressants (and other medications) can be vital, especially in clinical cases. I recognize their value as a temporary solution, and I don’t believe their usage should EVER be judged or stigmatized.