A topic which I’m sure will get me plenty of negative attention.
I believed for a long time that mental health drugs were bad, that all mental disorders were a lack of willpower. Then I got desperate.
My current impression is that some people really need chemicals to help them regulate, but that some people get put on more medications than they need, and that messes them up further.
The problem here, is I’m skeptical of both sides. Stopping medication clearly has serious side effects, but the medications themselves have serious side effects too. Many antidepressants cause weight gain for example.
I am very concerned about the way I observe psychiatrists to operate. (sample size 4 here) They pick their favorite drug for a condition, prescribe it. If it doesn’t work, increase the dosage. If that doesn’t work, add another drug. And they all have a different favorite drug. (for depression)
On the other hand, anti-drug is no way to go either. Psychosis is no fun, neither is deep depression. In my opinion it is better to manage symptoms with medication than an alternative of endless lethargy or what I imagine a manic or schizophrenic state is.
The problem I find is where to draw the line. If every single person is medicated, then what is the normal you’re trying to acheive? It’s personality destroying. But if nobody is medicated, many people who could otherwise lead happy and productive lives are left by the wayside.