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Depression and antidepressants

“Your husband should take antidepressants, he looks tired. You too” … advises my neighbor and smiles broadly like a queen in the car waving to other neighbors. She is always calm and happy. She lived for ten years in the USA, then came back last year and bought the house in our street.

“I have been using pills for a long time already, and my husband and my sister are using too. Nothing terrible, for we simply lack the chemical compounds responsible for happiness. Antidepressants compensate for their deficiency. ”

It is easiest to treat the symptom without looking for the cause of the disease. 

My neighbor is convinced that depression is genetically inherited. I want to offer her yoga, sports, healthy eating, less TV, more nature, needlework, pets, theater, travel … but I keep silence. Because I’ve never had depression.

I would want not to believe in antidepressants basically, but then I ask myself what is better: constantly smiling Americans or Lithuanians living in a gray and rainy country famous for the number of suicides?

© Fortune, 2019

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