The Neurotherapeutic Treatment of Depression

A recent advertisement for an antidepressant medication shows depression as a dark little pesky fellow who seems to whimsically make you feel more or less glum. You can take him on a picnic with you and can make him better behaved if you take the supplementary antidepressant offered by the pharmaceutical company. There are many wrong messages conveyed in this advertisement. A few of which include: First, there is nothing funny or cute about depression. Second, if the depression is appearing and fading ephemerally, then behavioural modification not chemicals is warranted. Third, depression is not just bad humour and if you are taking antidepressant medication for bad humour then you are popping “happy pills.”

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