Pharmacist tip
Depression is a painful experience both personally and professionally. Medication, combined with psychotherapy, group therapy and support from loved ones, are considered the cornerstone of an effective treatment. Every person suffering from depression has symptoms that are unique to them. In addition, the response to treatment varies from one individual to another, so the medication, dosage and duration of treatment must be personalized. Your pharmacist, in collaboration with you and your doctor, will monitor your treatment and health condition.
Understanding the illness
Michel Bradette might have continued his downward spiral if his former spouse, worried by his condition, hadn’t made an appointment with a doctor. “I broke down in the doctor’s office. I just couldn’t stop crying.” The doctor helped him understand his illness. This was a huge relief for Michel. In collaboration with his doctor, Michel’s pharmacist adjusted his medication several times before finding the right treatment. “She was calling me every week. She knows my phone number by heart!"
From shame to pride
Michel never told his loved ones how much he was suffering. Shame and fear of judgement prevented him from telling them. “I didn’t really know what depression is. It’s taboo. But thanks to the support of my health professionals, I was able to get back on track. Their support is one of the things that helped me on my road to recovery.” After months of doing nothing, he found the inspiration to play the guitar and write poems. He is motivated to get in shape, and to travel. “This ordeal has helped me grow. If my story can contribute to reducing the stigma around depression and give hope to those who are going through a difficult time, that’s great!”
"It’s possible to overcome depression. When everything seems dark and you don’t know what to do, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. Life is worth living!"
Pharmacist tip
Some people are afraid of becoming addicted to antidepressant drugs, and of "not feeling like themselves". We are here to break those myths! The relationship between a pharmacist and a patient is based on trust. This is central to enabling a pharmacist monitor a patient’s treatment effectively. Several medications may be required at the beginning of treatment. As the patient’s condition improves, some dosages may be reduced and medications withdrawn, always following the advice of the health professionals involved in the patient’s file. Your pharmacist is an expert who is always available for you. Don’t hesitate to talk to him!

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