Let me start off by saying that I am going to school to become a psychologist. So, I am biased in the sense that psychotropic medications do help.
HOWEVER, the problem is that people are being medicated, usually without therapeutic intervention, and usually by their FAMILY DOCTOR. THIS is the
problem. Family doctors & psychiatrists are very lenient with the script pads. They lack the intense training and education in psychology that
psychologists do. They are medical doctors and so tend to see depression as a physical medical condition. People who have situational depression,
from things like divorce, job loss, etc., should never be given any kind of psychotropic medication, in my opinion. Not just because the side effects
far outweigh the benefits, or because the amount of time it takes for the drug to actually start working in the system is longer than the time it
might take for the situational depression to take care of itself, but mainly because PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WORK OUT THEIR PROBLEMS. Identify
causes of depression, see how their behavior might be making things worse, see how to work through their feelings, etc. Otherwise, we are not only
masking problems, we are also introducing behavior and mind-altering substances into an already rough situation, yet removing clarity and the ability
to get to the heart of the problem as well, which usually results in people being on these drugs for YEARS.
Now, in some instances, pharmaceutical intervention is absolutely helpful and even necessary, for things such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Even then, there can be routes taken that do not include pharma. But it should never be the fist choice, ever.
We live in a society that offers instant gratification: fast food, online shopping, etc., well of course medicating depression would be a big deal
here because we want to feel good NOW. We don't want to DEAL with anything or work through anything, right? We don't want to feel bad. It goes
against societal standards. It is so wrong. We are creating generations of children who lack coping skills because we medicate them, as we medicate
ourselves in front of them. We lack parenting skills because we want to be best friends with our children FIRST and don't want to rock the boat. We
do not want confrontation and do not want to "push them". How has this been working for us, America? Look around!
I think the problems are many. So many have a part in this, even parents, but especially medical professionals. That is why I am choosing to become
a psychologist and NOT a psychiatrist. I am a follower of CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, because I believe that most of these issues can be
changed with behavioral modification. However, it is maybe a rougher approach for most people because you have to not only change your attitudes and
behaviors, but you're essentially taking the credit AND the fault for things you do. There isn't a scapegoat.
Sorry for the rant