With depression affecting 1 in 4 Americans, it is no surprise that a large portion of those people are taking antidepressant drugs. In fact, the use of antidepressants was reported to have increased a whopping 400% since 1988 with more than 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 taking them.
Depression is a chronic disease and since research has shown that maintenance of antidepressants can cut the risk of a relapse in half, there are a large number of people who take antidepressants for years, if not decades. Antidepressants; however, come with their own set of complications. They can cause severe side effects that can negatively disrupt a patient’s quality of life. Antidepressants are also said to be effective on only 27.5% of patients with depression. Those who do not respond can then be diagnosed with treatment resistant depression and become weary of being prescribed yet another drug combination. Some patients decide to treat their depression without drugs and look into non-medicine treatment alternatives.