help I’m having emotions about a cartoon antidepressant trying to be useful
DID YOU GUYS SERIOUSLY GIF AN ABILIFY COMMERCIAL
yes but look at it, it cares about her and just wants to help her be able to function. It’s like “I know you’re sad. here, I’ll help you.”
LIKE OKAY THOUGH can I explain why this is exceedingly brilliant?? Because when anti-depressants work right, that’s what they DO. They don’t make you happy or emotionless or unhealthy in any way, they make you FUNCTIONAL. They make it so that a depressed person who can barely get out of bed can start to support themselves again and more importantly, start to THINK for themselves again without the permeating presence of depression.
Depression is a cyclical disease, that tells you to think a certain way, and, because you’re depressed, you generally believe it, and then things get worse and worse. The ONLY thing anti-depressants do is to STOP that cycle in its tracks!! Which is something to be ecstatic about and celebrated, even if you don’t realize it at the time, because when you’re depressed, getting out of bed is climbing Mount Everest. Antidepressants help stop that cycle so that one day soon, getting out of bed can JUST be getting out of bed. They don’t even expedite the recovery process in most cases, they just make recovery POSSIBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE. So this little guy is portrayed with a fuckton more accuracy than I ever expected from a commercial.
It’s back and adorable
Actually antidepressants have been proven to be almost completely effective through the placebo effect. Meaning you take these pills to make you better and so your brain expects you to feel better so then you start feeling better. I want everyone who’s taken antidepressants and have conquered depression to know that you did that nearly entirely on your own. Also antidepressants have hardly progressed in 20+ years and you’re way more likely to recover from talking to a therapist (but yes that’s expensive). Natural ways of fighting off depression are exercise, sunlight, and sex. I’m at work right now, but if someone needs me to cite my sources when I get home I can. Pretty much all of this I learned in my controversies in clinical psychology class. DONT TRUST BIG PHARMA THEY WANT YOUR MONEY THEY DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.
It’s not as simple as you make it out, nor as specific. The increased efficacy of the placebo effect compared to medication is across all types and is thought to be down to the increase in “medical culture” amongst other things. There are a variety of journal sources but here’s a nice pop culture summary.
Antidepressants are licensed medication because they work. I sympathise with your crusade against “big pharma” and agree with your motive. the other methods you mention do indeed work better or just as well, but labelling all antidepressant medication as placebo is just silly.