The need for antidepressant medication is widely misunderstood, not only by depressed people but by many around them. As a result, patients often fail to comply with the very regimen of drug treatment prescribed to relieve their suffering.
One reason for this very peculiar state of affairs is that taking medication for depression means defying centuries of cultural conditioning. Although depression appears to be a disorder of nerve signal transmission in the brain, the symptoms of the disorder are such that they have long been misread as a weakness of will.
Slipping on a straitjacket of simplistic logic, we come to believe that the disorder must, or at the very least should, be overcome by an application of willpower. To do otherwise is to acknowledge that you are defective.
In addition, we all harbor the core fantasy that we can handle things by ourselves. That includes even mastering mental illness. The sooner you can give up that fantasy around depression, the sooner a cure can occur.
In order to reap the benefits of drug treatment, patients have to do a major cognitive reframe—that is, they have to shift their own perspective. And that requires more knowledge of brain chemistry than most people have been exposed to. Here's what you need to do.