Only topped by Iceland (is Bjork ok???) And Australia (you think a place with that much sun…)…. Europeans don’t really take that much. This article focuses on Canada, as it’s in the B.C. newspaper, the province. And some psychiatrists are a bit concerned that we are not just dealing with the ups and downs of life and just getting some Prozac. They do say at the end that obviously for severe cases they need meds.
   Personally, I know at least 4 people who were prescribed anti depressants and never took them. I have even stopped taking them before. I don’t think the effects are that great and if you don’t have depression you can be driven into mania, more depression even suddenly want to commit suicide or hurt yourself. 
    I think another reason people are taking drugs and not hugs, is that counselling is hard to get unless you have $100 an hour once a week to pay for it. Some medical plans do cover it but they will cover psychiatric meds for sure. There are some cheaper counselling services (say $30 an hour) but the wait lists can be 6 months or more.
   Apparently, another possible reason for this pill popping phenomenon of the north, is our high standards for ourselves and our happiness. I do struggle with that but when I talk to average citizens at say a party or coffee shop I think many people think they are pretty great even bragging about leaching off other people, their kids for extra welfare money, and contributing to society the least amount possible. I think as a woman, we struggle more with feeling inadequate as men are potrayed in the media as “laid back” and “oh you are fat but it’s ok cause you are funny and girls are not that shallow”. Not to mention  if we drink too much, swear too much, or say something stupid then ultimate guilt happens. Thus resulting in more drinking. I kinda got off track here… I am just trying to make sense of this short article.
They should make some alternative suggestions..


About depressionica

Young sciency/arsty/etc girl who is highly interested in her own problem, depression and mental illness. She takes the scientific approach and is constantly reading new research and self-help books.

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