I just finished watching the animated short film called ‘My Depression’ which aired on HBO. It brought up some strong feelings for me.
There were a lot of great things about this film:
-It tackled the subject of depression in an easily accessible way that reached a lot of viewers.
-It didn’t skirt around the suicide issue.
-I valued the honest and realistic portrayal of how it feels to be in the pit of depression.
However, when it came time for the inevitable “this is what finally worked for me” at the end, the answer was MEDICATION. I guess I knew that was coming, but I still held out a little bit of hope that they might mention amino acids, vitamins, or orthomolecular medicine.
The protagonist, after struggling with whether or not to take medication, finally succumbs to it and says she spent THREE YEARS trying different pharmaceuticals until she started to feel better. Yikes! I have to imagine that someone who is watching this film and considering medication may be incredibly daunted by this timeline.
The narrator mentions that she tried a number of different alternative approaches, including yoga, acupuncture, religion, and eating well. Unfortunately, the film portrays that none of these things really helped her until she found the medications. To me, this reiterates the common misconception that there are really only two ways to address depression: talk therapy and medication.
Watching this film re-confirmed my enthusiasm for my mission to educate people that there are other effective ways besides pharmaceuticals to approach depression which are extremely effective.
The information has been buried, but the time is ripe now for a massive change toward effective, natural mental health care. Let’s do this! Are you in?