Traditional treatments for depression are medications. Anti-depressants are used to suppress the symptoms of depression such as low moods and negative thoughts. These medications must be prescribed by a physician because they are often quite powerful and can have side-effects such as sleep issues, sexual problems or nausea. It is also important to find the right medication for you – not everyone responds similarly to the same medications.
Our use of antidepressant medication has never been higher, but does this mean we are becoming more depressed, more aware, or are they simply being prescribed more and for reasons other than depression? Our relationship with antidepressants is certainly complex. Each year, millions of prescriptions are written and estimates suggest that…