The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
In my opinion this issue gets clouded and difficult to navigate for a few reasons... mostly due to people tending to want to paint with broad
Doctors, in my estimation, do tend to have a bad habit of automatically writing prescriptions these days. In my experience, the average general
( regular old Doc ) has fallen prey to the concept of mass production. Mine has an office that has to have 20-30 individual treatment
rooms in it. Rooms that are always in rotation, and a waiting room that is full-up all of the time. I don't know how many patients he sees per day,
but I do know it's way, way, way too many.
I think this leads many doctors to look for the quick fix. The easy answer. The five minute solution. Write a prescription, collect the office visit
fee, move on the next room, rinse and repeat.
Unfortunately this results in a lot of people getting unnecessary medications rather than proper treatment.
The other broad brush stroke is the term "mental illness" and the unfathomable amount of misinformation about the subject.. even within the medical
field. If you ever see a mental health patient in an ER... watch. Chances are, that patient is being ignored and will remain untreated until the
doctors can hand the patient off. Even with things as simple as a panic attack or a person in emotional shock ( death in the family, ended
relationship, etc ).
The reality is that things that they can
fix with a pill - they rarely will. Things they can't fix with pills? They tend to throw pills at
those problems. Why it is this way, I do not fully know. But it is reality.
Does a kid, slapped with a diagnoses of ADHD need meds? I have personally known a few kids on meds for this whose only real problem was lazy and
disinterested parents... parents who wanted an "Instant angel - just add drugs". I have also seen a few kids who seriously needed meds but whose
parents were hell bent upon them not getting "hooked" or "labeled"
The whole system is a mess.
For me, medication makes all the difference in the world - even if others cannot really see it. Without medication I am not that much different at
all, externally. But internally I suffer and feel unbelievable physical and emotional pain, non stop. It is like living in Hell. With meds, I feel
much less pain. At least less enough that I can focus, cope, and have some level of happiness and peace.
Those who would dispute my statement and call me "weak" or infer addiction, simply don't know the truth or understand what they're even saying. So
I tend to dismiss it.
Some people on meds do not need them. Some people without meds do. And some of us are eternally grateful that we endured long enough to find the right
meds. A journey that, in and of itself, took 26 years - in my case - and can be a very difficult road.
In summary... To make any all inclusive, general, blanket statements about mental health, efficacy or validity of medications, or whether or not they
should be used - is folly. It's not a universal thing, it is an individual thing.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.