There is a lot of depression in this world, isn’t there? What with the way the economy is, endless wars going on around us, corruption in business and government, and a general civil unrest, it seems that there isn’t a lot to smile about, let alone laugh about. All the bad in the world brings us down, makes us sad.
Not only does hearing bad news and seeing bad things hurt us emotionally, it can hurt us physically as well. When you’re stressed, it can wreak havoc on your immune system and make your body prone to serious illnesses. Stress and depression is bad enough, but can you imagine the time you’ll have if it made you physically ill? That would make you even more depressed than you already are.
We live in a society that is dependent on pills and other treatments for depression and stress. The internet, television, and newspapers are full of ads for things that will fix you. The pharmaceutical companies make a killing off people who suffer from depression.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking antidepressants and other psychiatric medication. I think that they work well when prescribed to the right person. There are people with legitimate mental illnesses who benefit from these drugs every day. The problem I have is that doctors often use them as a first resort, writing people scripts when other alternatives might be the best choice. For instance, prescribing Zoloft to a person who is upset that they’ve lost their job and is having a hard time finding a new one isn’t going to help. Zoloft corrects a chemical imbalance, so it’s not going to fix a pile of bills that continues to grow because there is no money to pay them.
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine for people who are feeling down for whatever reason. Have you ever watched a sitcom or comedy film that makes you laugh, and makes you, at least temporarily, forget your troubles? It works like a charm, doesn’t it? It won’t pay your bills or keep a roof over your head, but it naturally helps you temporarily forget that life is hard. Heck, watching a film that is full of hope and comedy might even inspire you to get out and do something about the situation you are in.
Now I am in no way a medical or mental health expert, I’m just a regular gal who likes to think and come up with solutions to things. I believe that after a doctor rules out a real mental illness out, a person should be given alternatives that can boost one’s optimism and self-confidence. Those alternatives don’t always have to include a “happy pill” that often has some pretty wicked side effects. The solution could be as easy as finding something, anything, to laugh about.
Let me know what your thoughts are. Do you think that something other than prescriptions for mood enhancing medications should be out there and available to people who want help?
- Mental health is not the absence of mental illness/ Mental illness is not the absence of mental health (hopeworkscommunity.wordpress.com)
- Does Zoloft work for anxiety and depression? (zocdoc.com)
- Laughter, the best medicine. (thinkloud65.wordpress.com)
- Laughter is medicine – truly healing (beyondmeds.com)
- Depression: How Long Should You Take Antidepressants? (webmd.com)