Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sugar Pills Have Side Effects Too

Some people use medicine as a first resort to heal their woes, be they physical or otherwise. While I'll allow them that their lives are their own, it's not my way, and some parts of the idea utterly baffle me, especially when you start reading about side-effects.

I've suffered from depression a long time, pretty much as far back as I can remember, so it's hardly a surprise when anyone who learns of it asks if I'm taking any medication for it.

I'm not. Anti-depressants seem like a pointless drug to me, mostly because one of the biggest and most likely side-effects is making the user more depressed and likely to commit suicide.

Would you use a fire extinguisher that had a chance of making the fire burn hotter? Would you use a key that had a chance of making the lock tighter and harder to open? Would you use sunscreen that had a chance of increasing sunburn? Would you use a pain killer that had a chance of making the pain worse instead of better?

I hope you answered "no" to all of those questions, so I have to ask, why then would you take a pill that's supposed to make you less depressed, but has the potential side effect of making you more depressed?

I'll tell you why:

Hope.

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