Senior Editor at Smarter Travel, Sarah Schlichter, composed the article ‘Traveling with Depression: 12 Tips for a Better Trip‘. Depart Smart’s Founder, Sheryl Hill is quoted in the article. Schlichter writes,
International travelers should keep in mind that certain medications—including many psychotropic drugs used to treat depression—are restricted or even banned in some parts of the world, notes Sheryl Hill, Executive Director of DepartSmart.org. She recommends consulting with your local travel clinic to figure out how your destination handles the drugs you’re taking. It may be necessary to pack your medications in their original labeled bottles, along with a doctor’s note. IAMAT has a useful guide to this issue, and you can find country-specific information at the website of the International Narcotics Control Board.
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes plenty of travelers. “Mental health issues are among the leading causes of ill health among travelers,” notes WHO, “and ‘psychiatric emergency’ is one of the most common medical reasons for air evacuation, along with injury and cardiovascular disease.”
If you’re struggling with depression, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t travel, but you may need to take a little extra care and preparation to ensure that your trip goes smoothly.
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