We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Novalis has posted a good piece on antidepressants. I pretty much agree with what he wrote - especially the part about trying non-medicine approaches for mild or reactive depressions (or feeling bad, as I sometimes term it).
Antidepressants do not treat a condition. They treat an attitude.
If you change your attitude, you change your condition, in so much as a drug can "fix" your personal problems.
If your life, work, or whatever else makes you that depressed, you have to fix those things. All the Drugs ever made won't do it for you.
OTOH, maybe that's what real depression is. You can't change your own outlook on life, no matter how brown your current status is......
Live, grow, love. And occasionally evolve in your outlook. If that means kissing your previous precepts goodbye, do it.
Or, as we trogloconservatives would put it, Grow Up.
It happens to most of us. Our cherished ideals of childhood wind up in the dirt, but that's OK. I'm not so wedded to them that I can't say goodbye. If my Mother liked my Brother best, so be it. I'm still me.
Quit whining, quit medicating most folks, and start dealing with reality.
(Yeah. That's beyond half the population, today. But there it is.)
Dr. Bliss ... I find that the non-medical approaches to 'feeling down' are much less harmful in the long run, than the medical one. I've been using the 'drink a good hot cuppa tea' approach to depression for 82 years. It's better these days than 'a little nip of the craytur' so often recommended by the Irish, because then you don't fall down and hurt yourself afterwards.