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Millions of people are on antidepressants too.



And one of these groups is more reluctant than the other to use medication for their condition due to social bias. Which was the point.


Is that really true? How does reluctance to take antidepressants compare with reluctance to take medications with similar side effect profiles?


If you think that the side effect profile is what keeps people from taking about their personal mental health issues with their doctor, you're mistaken. There is a long-standing social stigma against people with mental disorders, and you can find it in our media throughout the past decades. Depression, for example, has been looked at as a weakness, because people that don't have it don't understand it. They look at someone and just tell them to 'snap out of it' or 'exercise more' or 'get more sunlight.' They see depression as a weakness of character, they do not see it as a disease.


Same with ADD/ADHD.




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