I do appreciate your opinion but what if, let’s say someone hasn’t experienced a childhood trauma or does not feel the pressure of societies expectations. Let’s say, for instance it’s a matter of genetic predisposition. Which is what I experience. I live a fortunate life surrounded by the love of others and all that I love. It’s not easy to say I’m okay with suffering. I agree if I’m feeling down and don’t feel in the mood to do something I simply don’t do it. Tomorrow is another day, but that doesn’t ease the physical pain I experience from depression, as well as countless others do.

Now, as I’m sure you read, I do exercise every day. I meditate every day. I eat healthy every day. On my worst days I do 50 jumping jacks every hour or so to keep my endorphins up. I go to therapy each week. I see a chiropractor regularly. I write, I read, I spend one hour each day alone connecting with myself and regardless of my efforts I finally bit the bullet and incorporated medication as a part of treatment. Not as the only treatment, but because after so long I feel it’s inhumane to suffer when there is an option to help me.

I look at it like this: if a cancer patient is in pain they are treated with narcotics and those narcotics are a part of their treatment and not the only treatment itself.

Depression is no different. I can only speak for myself. I agree that we live in a world of instant gratification and there are those that do not give themselves the attention they deserve. I’m sure there are people out there that are okay with using psych meds as a band aid, and that is their choice.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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