Antidepressants are the number one prescribed drug in the US and are also commonly prescribed in Canada. Even though such a large group of people take antidepressants, they rarely come up in conversation. Perhaps this isn’t surprising as mental health issues in general are taboo, but the silence surrounding antidepressants has led to many misconceptions.
In an effort to help clear up some of these misconceptions, as well as to personally educate ourselves, Health Promotion Strategists at Healthy Minds decided to interview a professional to shed some light on antidepressants. When it became apparent that the topic was too complex to be adequately be covered from one perspective, we decided to have four – three professionals and one student.
In the coming month, we will be releasing our interviews with a pharmacist, a physician and a counsellor as well as a personal reflection from a student who has taken antidepressants. Hopefully these posts will be effective myth busters and get people talking about mental health. Enjoy this first post and come back to us in a few days for the next round!