Depression: Should No Treatment Mean No Benefit?

Depression: Should No Treatment Mean No Benefit?

In the news today, there is a worrying story. The government are apparently toying with the idea of telling those people receiving ESA (Employment Support Allowance) for mental health conditions that if they refuse to accept "treatment," their benefit will be stopped.

In theory, this sounds good, right? If you're not prepared to make an effort to go to therapy sessions in order to improve your mental health, why should society help you. Right? Why should we help someone who won't help themselves?

But what if the "treatment" people are being offered is woefully inadequate? What if the only treatment they are being offered is yet another antidepressant, after the three they've tried previously have only made matters worse, and this one has a list of side effects as long as your arm? What then?

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