Don’t believe everything you read.

I hadn’t planned on posting today, but then I read an article titled “Depression in the Workplace,” from Business 2 Community. And now I’m so furious I can’t type fast enough.

The author outlines depression coping tips suggested in an ebook published by the Provincial Health Services Authority, in conjunction with BC Health Services Authority and Simon Frazer University (no title for this e-book provided) for “if you’re afraid of how depression is affecting your job performance,”

The article states that the ebook authors suggest creating a spreadsheet that delineates things going on in your workplace or home life that are causing depression(?!). Next the depressed person should make a list of possible actions and the pros and cons of doing each action, and pick a course of action to take. Then the depressed person should simply engage in realistic thinking(again ?!). Finally, he or she should figure out which activities make him or her happy, and start on them right away. Isn’t that great?

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If the author of the article is interpreting the ebook correctly (and I have no way of knowing, since the title isn’t given and I can’t read it for myself), the authors of this ebook apparently have never met a depressed person. Not only are the suggestions condescending and simplistic, they fail to take into account the characteristics of a depressed person, which would prohibit them from attempting such a plan – lack of energy, lack of motivation, inability to make decisions, inability to think clearly…see the problem?

But wait, there’s more! The author of the article points out that another option (besides creating a miraculous anti-depression action plan) is to consider seeing a doctor about medication. But, according to her, ALL antidepressants are SSRIs, which come with negative side effects. No mention of therapy. No mention of the many other treatment options that are available.

So we have here, all in one convenient article, ridiculously impractical suggestions AND misleading and potentially dangerous misinformation. I’m so mad I could spit.

People, much of what you find on the internet is **EXPLETIVE DELETED**. And yes, I know that’s a pretty ironic statement, considering it’s being posted on a blog found on the internet. But I’m here to tell you that if you want reliable, safe information about health, random web articles are not the right source. If you need help with depression, turn to a trusted friend or family members and for heaven’s sake, consult a real-live medical doctor.

If you, too, would like to raise your blood pressure, feel free to check out this ridiculous article at
http://www.business2community.com/health-wellness/depression-in-the-workplace-0576132#comment-702053

And then, please disregard pretty much everything you read in it.

-Amy

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6 Responses

  1. I just wrote up a response. Hope it gets posted….my points being that one does not toss about stats and “facts” without citing sources. I agree with you that the author does not sound as if she has had any personal experience with depression. Isn’t that weird, considering how prevalent this condition is? Or perhaps she does, but they don’t want the hassle of walking yet another person thru the education. I mean, I get sick of explaining my condition…you know?

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