"Just as physical pain prevents us from burning ourselves if we get too close to a fire, perhaps mental pain, too, serves a purpose, such as motivating us to change life situations..." (Newman 281)
I feel that things have gone too far. Now even used to treat "disorders" that previously were referred to as ordinary stresses of life. The overuse of Prozac and other SSRIs is breeding weak minds. I do, however, awknowledge that, when used appropriately, they provide excellent results.
People don't want to confront their problems anymore. They don't want to examine their lives and look for social causes, they want to be told that the source of their problems is not their fault. They want to be told it's a chemical imbalance that they couldn't have done anything about.
Realize that drugs are not the only or best cure for your maladies! Understand that many companies just want you (and your doctor) to think that. Prescribing drugs is cheaper than conventional therapy with a therapist. Because of this, insurance companies and health care plans now limit talk therapy in their coverage, thus indirectly encouraging the use of drugs (M. H. Cooper, 1994).
I know a lot of you out there are on antidepressants (I was for years), and I would love to hear all your opinions! Let's hear them!