I had to register because I am compelled to comment. People like you with these antiquated ideas influenced me and kept me sick for years. I was influenced into fearing doctors and scientific evidence based medical treatments for an illness that I have had for a long time. I would not have ever described myself as depressed, sad, and certainly not in despair. Clinical depression the illness has little to do with sadness. Working with the mentally ill now I know few with thus disease consider themselves sad. More often they feel empty or irritable if anything. If only I had not let conspiracy theories and fear mongering prevent me from feeling better sooner. I truly hope your readers read my comments as well. I’ve watched too many families destroyed and lives list by people who were doing so well while under treatment. I’ve seen families beg their lived ones to go back on because they were themselves, they were able to function. I spend far too much time talking down suicidal people afraid of medicine. I’m all for therapy. I do it myself. And I also have found the medical community esp psychiatrists and psychologists to be very insistent on trying other things beyond meds. Even now if I stop my medication as I used to try to do my acid reflux will return full force. My IBS will get much much worse again and the bladder inflammation and chronic insomnia will return. I know because I’ve tried. Antidepressants are beneficial medications being used to treat many conditions including dyspepsia, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, sleep disorders, and much more. But because of their label “psychotropic” and the stigma that is getting worse instead of better people are afraid to take these tried and true non-addictive medications.