American comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax has expressed deep concern over the existing stigma associated with antidepressants, insisting that it is fine to give young people battling psychiatric problems the appropriate medications to cope with their condition. Wax, who herself has been grappling with clinical depression for years, admitted that she wouldn’t hesitate to give her own children antidepressants if they developed the condition.
The 64-year-old comedian, who also holds the British citizenship, regrets that she hadn’t spoken about her own mental health struggles with her three children, when they were in their teens. Wax said she never disclosed her condition to her kids because she didn’t want to frighten them. “If you’re the caregiver and the caregiver goes down, imagine their fear levels,” she said. Wax, who has been on antidepressants for 20 years, was scared that her children might too experience the mental disorder.
In 2015, she was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to mental health. Wax is a patron for the British Neuroscience Association. Her fundraising efforts for neuroscience research at the Home Office and Downing Street have earned her immense recognition. In fact, her personal ordeal with depression catapulted her to become a leading speaker on issues related to mental health. Wax understood that the shame and stigma surrounding mental ailments have always suppressed human efforts to discover new ways to recover from such debilitating conditions. As a comedian, writer and speaker, she used the power of words and courageous public dialogue to connect with the masses, giving them hope.
As a stage personality, Wax continues to use excellent communication skills and profound sense of humor to de-stigmatize and shed sufficient light on the dark and unspoken aspects of mental illnesses that afflict nearly a quarter of human beings worldwide. Her knowledge of psychotherapy and her Master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy has helped her drive campaigns for mental health awareness to make people understand the efficacy of timely and appropriate medication.
Mental health is a big issue in the U.S. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that almost one in five American adults suffers from a mental problem in a given year. Additionally, nearly 16 million of them grapple with at least one major depressive episode. In such an alarming situation, mental health campaigners like Wax offer a ray of hope to millions who have suffered alone in silence without knowing where to go or what to do.
Antidepressants can cause addiction
Though antidepressants are used for treating depression and anxiety problems like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD), extended use or misuse can cause physical dependence. Studies show that people who abuse antidepressants are more likely to switch over to other prescription drugs or stimulants. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), about 48 million people (around 20 percent of the American population) have abused prescription drugs.
Notably, non-medical use or abuse of depressants or any other prescription drugs can lead to full-scale addiction. Overdosing on depressants can cause disorientation, drug-fueled delirium, low blood pressure, excessive daytime sedation, psychomotor, cognitive impairments and attention deficit in elderly users.
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