Patients too embarrassed to take antidepressants

Many patients with depression are refusing to take medication because of stigma that has built up around their use, Australian research suggests.

Moralising media stories that portray antidepressants as happy pills for people who feel a bit down are causing many patients to feel shame about using them and think it is a sign of personal weakness, a study of more than 100 antidepressant users shows.