Over here at AfterParty, we receive an onslaught of questions from people about addiction and recovery. And well, our video series AfterParty Answers gives us an opportunity to address them. In this episode, Anna David and Danielle Stewart answer a reader’s question about the judgment that exists around taking antidepressants.
Rest assured, we not only have a lot of experience with taking antidepressants around the AfterParty office but we’ve also written extensively about the topic, from an examination of an Elle magazine piece where a writer says life is much better sans meds to a story on the sometimes excruciating experience of getting off these drugs to Susanna Brisk’s essay on why the side effects of her medication were worse than the benefit.
In the case of this APA, however, a reader asked Anna and Danielle what their thoughts were on a specific situation—that is, the fact that the reader felt her co-workers were gossiping abut the fact that she takes meds. Since Anna and Danielle have a lot of trouble trying to think of any people they know who don’t take meds (note: they live in arguably the antidepressant capital of the world, Los Angeles), they vehemently argued that the reader’s coworkers were perhaps a little crackers themselves.
There are, of course, many opinions on this topic but if you want Anna and Danielle’s complete answer, check out this vid. While the girls aren’t in any way medical professions (emphasis on “aren’t in any way medical professionals”), they are sober folks who have not only grappled with some of the issues being asked about but have also written scads of articles for this very site on them. Tune in every month to see what you, our faithful readers, want to know.