The decision to go pharma-free is one many people with mental illness grapple with, a consideration that feels equal parts aspirational and formidable.

Make no mistake: I have no shame about my daily dose of Wellbutrin.

As a person who has lived with clinical depression for more than 20 years, medication has been a lifeline when life didn't feel worth living. There have been days when I didn't take it where it felt like getting out of the bed was laughably impossible. And yet, the thought of perpetually taking pills isn't necessarily appealing, either.

Does the risk of a mental health relapse outweigh long-term health effects?

Who uses antidepressants?

Thirteen percent of Americans ages 12 and older reported having taken an antidepressant in the prior month, according to a 2017 report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Of those, two-thirds reported using antidepressants for at least two years and 25 percent had done so for at least a