A medical doctor treats the body, mostly relying on what they are told in regards to mental health from the experts studying the mind, pharmaceutical
companies published reports of the effectiveness of the drug and what symptoms the patient reports. Quite often, none are being completely honest
offering all the details. An expert puts faith in theory until the next better theory comes along, a pharmaceutical company fails to publish all the
studies showing negative results (Mundy, 2008) and a patient may fail to report other symptoms, abuse, lifestyle or an addiction.
There is no solid proof that these medications work, only theories promoted by the pharmaceutical companies with “little scientific evidence”
(Lacasse & Leo as cited in Florida State University; Study, 2008. p.1). According to Lacasse and Leo, it is “clearly stated” in the “Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [that] the cause of depression and anxiety is unknown” (cited in Florida State University; Study, 2008,
p.1). The use of medication to treat symptoms of these so-called disorders is experimental. Asking a patient if he or she “feels” better is not
an accurate method to prove the effectiveness of drug therapy. In a disclaimer; however, pharmaceutical companies claim to only treat the symptoms
and not the causes of the ever-increasing variety of disorders, which could explain the high drop out rate for drug therapy and low percentage of
patients who actually recover from a mental illness (Flora, 2008). People choose to ignore the disclaimers and professionals ignore the consequences
of promoting long-term drug therapy in place of old fashioned couch therapy.
Many psychologists, such as Stephen Flora and Donald LaBier, suggest medication is not the answer to life’s problems. There is simply no evidence
to support the effectiveness in long-term drug therapy; however, behavior modification treatments with no drug therapy or short-term drug therapy are
shown to be successful with fewer relapses (Whitaker, 2005). There is very little to downplay people’s dependence on “miracle” drugs and more
emphasis on changing how people actually live is needed.
Pills do not solve problems, people do. A pill will not reestablish the balance between the physical, emotional, and mental states. Social
acceptance of individuals with their many differences is one key to unlock the mystery of the new trend in mental illness. Self discipline and
responsibility for one’s actions is another. When a person can view his or her inner self honestly and put into action, the ideas that create a
sense of well being, he or she will achieve a balance of the inner self with the outer self in the physical realm (LaBier, 2008).
A campaign to remind people that normal is not perfect, is a good place to start. Pharmaceutical companies, with direct to consumer advertising
should be held accountable for the content and view of the advertisements persuading normal people to want an unproven experimental pill to solve
problems. Medical doctors should do what they do best, treat the body and leave the therapy to therapists. Instead of creating more illnesses and
disorders to lump symptoms into, a focus on helping people actually solve the problems in their lives is in order. Modifying behavior is the
Emotions are a part of life, not a symptom of a mental disorder. The thoughts that produce the results, negative or positive, cause either negative
or positive emotions. The choices people make determines the quality of life, not a chemical introduced to the brain. Lives are altered through the
power of perception. Happy or sad is just a point of view. By changing the view and taking an honest approach to life’s problems, people will
adjust accordingly. This era would then be close to “perfect”.
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