Not willing to tell you how I know this is true, suffice it to say, I’ve tried it. And it works for emotional pain just as well as it does for physical pain. Why would we not want people who are depressed to to be LESS depressed?
“Only one or two pills a week to get me through the very worst of the socializing and only when I really needed them. In lieu of the pharms, I’d been drinking and that really wasn’t working for me; with opiates, I was relaxed, I was tolerant, I was up for anything; I could stand pleasantly for hours in unbearable situations listening to any old tiresome or ridiculous bullshit without wanted to go outside and shoot myself in the head.”
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt