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  • Often in conversation, my friends and I make blanket statements about politics. We can all agree about the same topic as vehemently as we did the day before... about the same topic. Making the same impassioned points as though we had just thought of them. There are a few conversations I tend to want to offer another perspective on, one of which is our country's dependence on prescription medication, specifically anti-depressants. I fully agree that taking a pill should not be a quick fix remedy for depression brought on by years of trauma and unspoken sadness, or should it?
    My father lost his parents when he was 15. He is pushing 70 now, so that would have been in the '50's. It goes without saying that therapy was not an option for him. His parents lived alternative lifestyles and did not leave him and my aunt with much, they didn't even own their land. His mother had died of untreated ovarian cancer, and his father at his own hand...not realizing his son would be the person to find him in that state. Did he realize it? Maybe, but could he have known the cruelty of that action? To this day my father cannot bring up the deaths of his parents, and the subsequent foster care situations without bitter regret and raw vulnerability.
    He has taken several different anti-depressants and most of the time they work. They bring his spirits up and keep his mind from going to a dark place. When he takes medication, his relationships with everyone around him are improved. He lives alone in a remote town in Wyoming and though he is open to therapy, he would have to drive several hours in a day to go.
    I have a more gentle approach on the topic of anti-depressants, although another story for another time is of my mom and her addiction to prescription pain medication...but that situation does not deviate from every single other story just like it and would frankly be boring.
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