The choice I selected for this week’s activity is depression. Depression is one of the most heavily medicalized conditions in our current society. In my opinion, the reason this condition is such a prevalent problem that medication is used for is because of three factors: the idea that we as people are supposed to be happy all the time and perfect, that we must have a constant idea pumped into our minds as to what we should be like, as well as (and most importantly) the idea that a pill can give us a quick fix for any ailment.
Here is an example of a video ad for a depression medication that is quite popular called Zoloft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twhvtzd6gXA The advertisement begins with some very generic signs of depression that are quite often experienced in day to day life, both for those who suffer from the condition as well as those who do not. People who share similar symptoms will result in people going to doctors and sharing these symptoms with medical professionals. Because depression is difficult to actually understand if the person is actually depressed in a clinical sense, often times this east fix society will result in doctors essentially throwing antidepressants such as Zoloft at their patients, similar to what happens with sleeping aids and other pills of that nature. It is things like this that result in a portion of those diagnosed with depression being falsely diagnosed. As for the medical information, the advertisement begins to introduce the medical theories, theory is used here because it is not truly known what cold hard facts result in depression, behind depressions existence. However, the advertisements just discuss that it is a complication within the chemical balances in the brain’s nerves.
Our culture is a quick fix society, plain and simple. Because of this, many medical prescriptions and/or procedures become abused in the sense that they become almost second nature as the first fix. Holistic medicine in some cases, such as depression, can also be a great benefitting factor on the road to recover. Instead of this concept though, many people go straight to the pills.