When Are We Going to Start Holding Psychiatrists Accountable?

  • Posted on: 9 July 2007
  • By: mokshalom

CNN just published a story about antidepressants. They are now the most prescribed drug in the United States. What's even scarier, however, is the lead story about a woman who was prescribed antidepressants so she wouldn't get upset at her husband's poor financial management.

Once on the antidepressants, the wife did not care what her husband did with their money. Accordingly, he "led the family into financial ruin."

What amazes me about this is that these stories come out and no-one blinks an eye. Yet, people like myself who partake in alternative healing methods are constantly given a hard time by people in the medical industry. We're supposedly quacks and frauds. Yet, I don't go out passing out powerful drugs to people who don't need them, just so they can avoid their problems.

Perhaps you'll say, "but that's a minority of cases - depressed people need to get help!" Yes, indeed. Depressed people do need to get help. But they need real help - not a mind-altering drug. Depression is often a natural emotional response to a problem, past or present, in your life. If you don't deal with the underlying pain and source of the depression, all you're doing with a drug is numbing yourself to your feelings and issues.

It's about time we started demanding that the psychiatric community stop handing out drugs like candy. And one of the only ways that will happen is if normal people take more control over their emotional health and well-being. Learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with your emotions. Meditation and exercise are free and have been shown in studies to improve moods, for example.

Finally, if you go to a shrink to talk about your real problems with your husband, and the shrink responds only with a nod and a prescription slip, fire that shrink and find a new one that will actually listen to you and help you.

Comments

got Prozac, went off of it early , had the usual split of a psychiatrist prescribing and a social worker for couples counseling. Should have fired the social worker sooner too, he really didn't get it- was actually telling me to do things that would increase my codependent tendencies. I suppose if a sanctified marriage can be preserved, who cares if anyone in it is healthy or happy? :-P

And yes, I got divorced shortly after, one of the best things I ever did for myself. It would have been better if I avoided dating for a lot longer after that until I understood better what had been happening. Instead I went through 2 more codependent relationships, the last of which provided quite the clue by four.