Medication is always a hot topic in the world of mental health. I take medications every day to manage my depression and anxiety, and while they're working for me, it doesn't mean medication is a silver bullet solution. Many people take medications which increase their risk for depression. A recent NPR article mentions one in three adults in the US take medication linked to depression. The article specifically mentions “...Prilosec or Zantac for acid reflux, a beta blocker for high blood pressure, or Xanax for anxiety, you may be increasing your risk of depression..." While you may not be taking medication for depression, you may be taking something that lists depression as a side effect. If you are taking medication, check the side effects and make sure you are staying on top of your mental health. Consult your doctor if you notice any signs of depression.
The article also goes on to describe the original investigation and the key points:
Question: How frequently do US adults use prescription medications with depression as a potential adverse effect and is use of these medications associated with concurrent depression? Findings: In this cross-sectional US population-based survey study conducted between 2005 and 2014, the estimated overall prevalence of US adults using medications with depression as a potential adverse effect was 37.2%. The adjusted percentage of adults with concurrent depression was higher among those using more concurrent medications (e.g., estimated 15% for ≥3 medications). Meaning: Use of prescription medications with depression as a potential adverse effect was common and associated with a greater likelihood of concurrent depression.
Always consult your doctor about side effects and remember you can talk to your pharmacist at your local pharmacy. I've had several conversations with mine to discuss side effects and warning signs. Don't forget to include your doctor in these conversations as well.