It frustrated me when people say that they think antidepressants are dangerous, pointless, or should be banned because they are a “mood altering drug”.
Like…duh. Of course they’re a mood altering drug. That’s the whole reason people who are depressed take them. Because we want out moods to be altered into something passably normal so that we can function during the day without collapsing in a heap or being overwhelmed by everyday life. The pills don’t turn us into “crazy people”, or violent killers, or moody bitches, or whatever other awful stereotypes are out there. They help us function and think normally. It clears that awful haze that makes our thoughts foggy and our bodies sluggish. Instead of spending all day in bed with no motivation to move, bathe, or even eat, my pills make me want to get off my butt and do things. I look forward to every day, instead of dreading every day.
Nobody ever says that they think cancer drugs should be banned because they’re a “body altering drug”. They accept that, even though cancer drugs can have a variety of negative side-effects, they are still a necessity in the fight against cancer. So why aren’t antidepressants (and other similar “mood altering drugs”) seen as a necessity in the fight against depression? Why do so many people focus on the potential negative side-effects as opposed to the many potential positive benefits? Why do so many people think its ok to tell those with mental illness to suffer through their illness rather than attempt to fix it with the help of medication and doctors? Why are we encouraged to hide our illness and keep our medications a secret? Why are we considered weak for “giving up”, instead of being considered strong for doing something about our illness?
It makes me so angry how those with depression and those who take antidepressants are treated by society.