If all pharmaceuticals became unavailable immediately without there being other social factors other than what might have caused the interruption of
the supply chain, there are still going to be a lot of things to worry about, at least initially.
A lot of people are going to die quickly or slowly depending on the nature of their disorders--asthma, diabetes, organ transplants, heart disease,
cancer, Parkinson's, pulmonary hypertension, etc.
Those who have chronic pain are going to be doing a lot of hurting, experiencing narcotic withdrawal, and looking for whatever other palliatives might
be available in nature.
Those who take anti-depressants and anxiolytics are going to react somewhat differently depending on several factors.
Those on the anti-depressants will fall into two categories roughly. One will be those who are chronically clinically-depressed and those who have
been prescribed an anti-depressant because they have experienced some situational problem and have never stopped taking the drug, because the MD just
keeps renewing the prescription because the patient feels that he still needs it.
Both categories will experience an unpleasant adjustment period. Those who are chronically depressed will return to their depression, some will
experience psychotic symptoms, and some will commit suicide or commit violence against others.
Those who are not chronically depressed, after they have physically and emotionally recovered, will find that life is no less difficult or that their
situation is just as lousy as it was before, but they will cope, experiencing periodic sadness or perhaps mild depression, or even go on as if nothing
Many will self-medicate to one extent or another and will experience all manner of problems as a result.
Those who take anxiolytics will have a harder time, because they will experience genuine withdrawal. After that, there will be those who did not
suffer from a chronic disorder who will do pretty well and maybe even better when they were taking the drugs. Others will return to the chronic
symptoms that they once had and will more than likely self-medicate, as well.
Those with with bipolar disorders will cycle through mania and depression as they once did and there will be all the problems associated with
that--crime-sprees, binge drinking, binge buying, sexual promiscuity, unwise business ventures, fraud, etc.
Those with chronic psychotic disorders will once again become psychotic and there will be even more homeless psychotics than before, because the
current laws regarding involuntary commitment will not change overnight and there won't be adequate treatment facilities, anyway.
I think that the biggest change will be that there won't be a lot of griping about Big Pharma.
Otherwise, I think that the vast majority of those who take anti-depressants will get by pretty well, as I believe that anti-depressants are
over-prescribed and the literature shows that in the majority of cases depression abates after four to six weeks, whether one is treated or not.
[edit on 2008/4/22 by GradyPhilpott]