In the back of “Manufacturing Depression” by Gray Greenberg he provides a list of questions based off of the reading. My responses on strictly my personal opinion based off my experiences with depression and medication. Everyone will have a different answer and I encourage you all to comment with your own answers
How does the concept of “On this medication, I am myself at last” (35) make you feel? Can taking medication make you yourself or does such a dependency negate that?
To say that taking medication makes me who I’m supposed to be then you are admitting that there is a baseline that everyone has to follow and that at one point you had it but now it’s gone. Especially when this is supposed to be chemical, genetic, something we’re supposed to always have, then our depressive symptoms are who we are per se. To change that would to be changing who we are. Medication then basically creates us (and in my opinion fails) into this ideal person that we believe we need to be.
I know that some medications are needed for people to live, and for some they need to take it for the rest of their lives. I don’t take medication because it failed at making me this ideal self it claims it will do. I have “found myself at last” on my own and it’s awesome.