Depression: An all-too-common Illness

by Kindsey on Février 18, 2014 - 9:09pm


 The use of anti-depressant is increasing exponentially as is the number of people whom are diagnosed with depression. Of course the correlation between both is absolutely normal. However, more than a few people are being misdiagnosed for depression.

            Christopher Labos wrote in his article “Canadians’ growing use of anti-depressants is problematic” (published February 3rd, 2014) that Canadians, thus Quebecers, are excessive antidepressant consumers; the numbers show that Canada comes in third behind Iceland and Australia for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) prescription (a popular type of antidepressant).However, the medication (SSRIs) are not as effective as we were led to believe since there was a publications bias falsifying the true success of the medication. Also, the SSRIs have many side effects which are, of course, worth it when suffering from severe depression, but unnecessary when the depression is minor enough to be treated without medication. In addition, it is brought to light that misdiagnosis is probably the most common reason for the excessive use of antidepressants.

In the article, “A Glut of Antidepressants” (August 12th, 2013), by Roni Caryn Rabin, we learn that not only Canadians have an increase in antidepressant use but so do Americans. Statistics show that one in ten Americans is medicated for depression. The most common explanation for this increase in prescription is misdiagnosis. In a study, it was shown that almost two-thirds of 5,000 patients diagnosed with depression in the last year did not even meet the criteria for depression. The issue isn’t only that doctors overprescribe antidepressant from which they get a commission; the population asks for drugs just to be able to go through their daily motions without feelings. However, depression can only be identified through “symptoms, […] history and observation”. This makes it hard for family doctors to properly diagnose a person because they can’t spend enough time with a patient to go through all the required questions. Thus, if a patient enumerates some symptoms that could be acknowledged like depression, they directly get prescribed antidepressants even if their symptoms are brought about by the normal process of perhaps grieving a loss

                 The Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research (JSSWR) publishes articles about “social work, intervention programs, and policies”. They focus their interests mainly on how our social and health services are effective. Moreover, they plan social programs and create policies to improve social work practice.

                Therefore, social workers are greatly implicated in mental health issues like depression. For example they must see if the parents are fit to care for either a disabled children or infants. Other cases may involve single parents suffering from depression trying to care for children but not having the strength or motivation to help them. Moreover, social workers also evaluate some our mental health facilities. Thus, they have a great responsibility when it comes to helping out people attained with depression.


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