If I don’t want medication, what can I do for my depression?
Many people do not like mental health medication. There are a number of reasons that people do not like to take medications including:
1 – Don’t like the side effects of the medication (sexual side effects of SSRIs/SNRIs have been estimated to be as high as 60-70%)
2 – People may feel that “something is wrong with me” if they take mental health medication
3 – People may feel that the stigma of taking mental health medication is not acceptable as other will judge them as “crazy” or “unstable.”
4 – Many people don’t trust pharmaceutical companies and don’t trust medication claims either from effectiveness claims or safety claims
5 – Some people are concerned about long term complications from being on medications for long periods of time
6 – Cost of medication / Cost of physician visits. Although most antidepressants are fairly inexpensive now (with some exceptions), some find the cost of medication to be a hindrance to compliance
7 – Hassle of getting their prescription refilled. Many people have busy lives and do not wish to go to follow-up with their doctor on a regular basis and have to go to the pharmacy on a regular basis. Many people find dealing with insurance claims, waiting in pharmacy lines, waiting to see the doctor as unacceptable.
There are alternatives to treating your depression that do not include medication. Some try exercise, supplements (i.e. St. John’s Wort), light therapy, and other things to treat their depression. If these things are still not working to help your depression, there is TMS (Transcranial magnetic stimulation) which is a FDA cleared non-medication/drug treatment for major depressive disorder. It can have long lasting effects to treat depression and is covered by most major insurance companies.
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