Popular YouTuber Anna Akana fights stigma about antidepressants

Much respect for this YouTube celebrity. Antidepressants are the number two most-prescribed medication class, second only to cholesterol medication (1). 6.7% of American adults suffered a major depressive episode in 2014 – a whopping 15.7 million people (2). A staggering 16.7% of all Americans have suffered at least one major depressive episode in their lifetime (3). Lets heed this brave young woman’s call to fight stigma about depression and antidepressants – if you suffer from depression, know that you are not alone, and that treatment (talk therapy +/- medications) can be incredibly helpful. If you don’t suffer from depression, know that 1-2 people out of every 10 people you know fights this illness – please be understanding, supportive, or at the very least non-judgmental; for tips on what NOT to say to someone who is fighting depression see this young lady’s Facebook post.

References:
1)
http://pharma.about.com/od/Sales_and_Marketing/a/The-Most-Prescribed-Medications-By-Drug-Class.htm

2) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml
3) http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=196765

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