Myths about Treating Depression

Limited But Important

Antidepressants can be a polarizing subject. Some believe they are just a “happy pill” while others don’t see any value in that type of medication. In this post, produced in cooperation with the Association of Biblical Counselors, Dr. Andrea Kim, board-certified psychiatrist and adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, debunks two myths she encounters regularly about treating depression.  

Andrea highlighted the two most common myths about treating depression she encounters:

  1. “I’m just here for a happy pill.”
  2. “There’s no place in my life for medication.” 

Which of these myths do you resonate with the most? Why?
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In what ways do antidepressants play both a limited and important role in treating depression? What are the limits of antidepressants? Why are they important?
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What is your attitude toward antidepressants? Have you ever taken or would you ever consider taking medication to fight depression? Why or why not?
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What new insights did you gain from this post about treating depression? How could you use what you learned to take steps forward in your battle with depression or to help someone else through depression?
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The best treatment to depression is holistic. Medication plays an important but limited role in curing depression. As you encounter depression in your life and in the lives of others, consult professionals. Maintain a balanced view of treatment options as you work toward mental health. 

You can find more on depression from Andrea in the course You Can't Just "Get Over It."

To learn more about The Association of Biblical Counselors, click here.