We’ve all had the same thought. While watching, listening to, or reading an ad for a certain drug claiming to help a certain ailment, there’s always that, “Oh, by the way” part at the end. It's the part that (by law) lists the seemingly endless array of possible side effects of the drug, where words like “diarrhea” and “death” are bandied about as if they were nothing more than a skinned knee.
The customary response to those ads? “Thanks, anyway, but I’ll take my chances with the ailment.”
For people in the grip of depression, though, it’s never that simple. According to Mental Health America, over 19 million people are diagnosed with depression each year. For reasons of preference, fear of side effects, or a perceived negative impact on job performance, drugs are not a viable option for many of those people.