80 Percent of Americans Want Drugs Not Talk

Jeanne Sager
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Flickr photo by Pink Sherbet Photography
The whole country's depressed, but we don't want to talk about.

Just hand over the drugs and nobody will get hurt.

A new survey by Consumer Reports found 80 percent of Americans would opt for medication over talk therapy for their depression.

So what's the problem?

According to studies, talk therapy is more effective in the long run.

When withdrawn from cognitive therapy, people were significantly less likely to relapse than those who were taken off their depression medications.

Admittedly, I've taken the easy way out myself. The success of talk therapy lies in finding a therapist who you can work with, and living in a rural area, my choices are extremely limited.

When a therapist told me to pretend I was talking to the man who'd hit me head-on in a nighttime car accident, triggering a form of post-traumatic stress disorder that's long affected me when I get in the driver's seat, I didn't feel better. I felt like she was some hippy dippy weirdo who needed to get a grip.

He wasn't standing there. I wasn't going to yell at him. And, honestly, I would have preferred we talk about my friend who had just committed suicide -- somehow I felt she was grazing over a major trauma in my life at the moment.

Let's face it: Just because someone has a degree and certification in the field doesn't mean they're the person for you.

Just as we change pediatricians for our kids because we believe they're too fast to pull out the script pad for antibiotics or too slow to return their calls, we can and should feel empowered to find a therapist who is up to handling our special needs.

But it takes work. And sometimes, especially when you're feeling down and out, the drugs are fast and (relatively) painless. Your doctor hands you a prescription, and you're on your way. There's no searching for a provider, no fighting with an insurance company, no need to open up.

Are the drugs just easier?


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