Why You Should Never Recommend Antidepressants To A Depressed Person


Depression is a complex state of mind that often causes a lot of pain, not only to the person suffering from this condition, but also to their loved ones and other people involved in their life. It is in human nature to want to help someone who seems unhappy and depressed.


The problem arises when someone instructs the person who is suffering from depression to take antidepressants, or at least to consider taking antidepressant medication.

Unprofessional treatment with antidepressants can have various negative side effects and carries the risk of being highly damaging to the person taking the medications.

Here are some of the reasons why you should never recommend someone to take antidepressants.

1. You’re Not The Person’s Physician

Antidepressants require the prescription of a doctor for a good reason. This comes from the fact that these type of pills are not completely suitable for everyone.

For example, some people can have very negative reactions when taking antidepressants, such as worsening of the current situation or even mental instability which can sometimes lead to that person trying to commit suicide.

As you can see, recommending antidepressants can sometimes even be a matter of life and death, so if you’re not professionally qualified to recommend such medication, then you really shouldn’t get involved with such actions.

2. Mentioning Medical Treatment Can Have Counterproductive Results

Every depressed person has some thoughts which would suggest that they believe there is something essentially wrong with them. They have a tendency to doubt their own abilities and capabilities, making it much harder for them to overcome depression on their own.

The suggestion that a depressed person should maybe take some medication can make that person feel even worse, as it conveys a message to that there is something seriously wrong with them, which is completely false.

3. Antidepressants Are Not For Everybody

There are a number of well-documented factors regarding each individual which determine that person’s tendency to respond well to a certain medication.

This means that if you’re not the person’s doctor and don’t have that individual’s complete medical history, as well as knowledge of various factors that contribute to that person’s tendency to respond to antidepressants, then you really are not in a position to give any advice and recommendations about antidepressants, or any medication for that matter.

4. What Worked For You Might Not Work For Someone Else

You can find yourself in a situation where you’re inclined to suggest antidepressants to a person suffering from depression because you’ve had some positive experience with taking that type of medicine.

However, the fact that it worked well for your doesn’t mean that it will work for someone else, as each person is different and responds to a particular drug in a different way.

5. Antidepressants Are Not A Long-Term Solution

While there is some evidence which would suggest that taking antidepressants can cause significant improvements in treating depression, those results are only present as long as a person keeps taking the medication.

There is practically no evidence to support a long-term benefits to a person after they’ve discontinued taking the drugs.

6. Are Antidepressants Really That Effective?

Lately, there has been a noticeable amount of evidence which would suggest that the benefits of taking antidepressants have been significantly overstated in the world of medicine.

This would be because of publication bias which is present in the medicine world where studies that show positive effects are much more likely to get published, while the ones with neutral or negative conclusions usually never reach publication.

7. There Are Better Alternatives Than Taking Antidepressants

You can help a person suffering from depression by talking to them and showing them how much they’re important in your life. Let them know how much you appreciate and love them and involve them in your daily activities such as exercising and eating well.

Take them out to do something they could enjoy and hang around people they like in order to show them more positive aspects of life. You would be surprised how much these approaches can help a person suffering from depression.

In conclusion: If you really want to help a family member or a friend who is fighting depression, then you should never recommend that they start taking antidepressants, as you may end up doing more harm than good.

Try finding other medicine-free alternatives which can assist you in helping the person suffering from this condition!


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