6 Women Discuss Their Honest Experiences With Antidepressants

Hallie Gould

An amazing thing happened when I began doing research for this story. I put a callout on my personal Facebook page and was immediately flooded with responses from close friends and relatives. These are women I've spent a lot of time with—explored the tiny dark corners of our insecurities, discussed politics, shared secrets, and offered catharsis in the wake of failed relationships or family troubles. And yet, I had no idea the majority of them were dealing with clinical depression. It's that exact point—how we still feel like it's relatively taboo to expose our experience with mental health issues even when we're in open, honest, and liberal relationships—that makes sharing all the more crucial.

Still, it's just one of the endless reasons to continue to solidify this platform as more of a helpful, thorough resource for mental health education and awareness. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over three million adults are directly affected by persistent depression. And the information regarding treatment and medication is still scarce. Below read six unique experiences from women who shared their symptoms, chosen medications, and thoughts regarding their own mental health journeys.

Medication isn't for everyone. If you are feeling symptoms of depression, talk to your doctor to learn more about treatment options.

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