Depression too often mistreated

 

Jose Clark’s March 30 Other Views piece, Depression does not discriminate, was masterful. It took unbelievable courage and introspection to share his thoughts with us. The Miami Herald needs to repeat it on Page One, then in Local and Sports. Everyone should understand that this disease needs to be treated medically, but also with love and understanding from friends and family.

When people who are depressed hide in the bedroom, they are not lazy and uninspired, they are confused and trying to hide from the demons and realities of life. Too many people are then given miracle pills, followed by additional medication to treat the side effects of the first set of pills.

In many cases, however, what is missing is the face-to-face psychological intervention of a trained professional, someone who can say, “You are not alone, we can work this out together.” Family members need to be super supportive. There is a fine line between support and enabling. That is where Dr. Phil comes in.

I would implore The Miami Herald to do an extensive piece on the overprescribing of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills, the effects and the lack of human interaction. I believe that these rival the pain pill mills in suffering and fatalities.

I thank Jose Clark and hope his catharsis will be the start of something good for his family and the community.

Mike Melnick, North Miami Beach

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