Writing in the New Yorker, Gary Greenberg describes the shift in just a single generation to mass consumption of psychiatric medications. Over 20% of Americans regularly take mind-altering prescription drugs.
Despite our ambivalence, sales of psychiatric drugs amounted to more than seventy billion dollars in 2010. They have become yet another commodity that consumers have learned to live with or even enjoy, like S.U.V.s or Cheetos.
Indeed, psychiatric medications such as Zoloft, Lexapro, and Prozac have achieved brand recognition that makers of soaps and shampoos can only envy!
While use of psychiatric drugs has become widespread, medical science is substantially lacking in explanations for how and why psychiatric drugs work. Greenberg suggests that doctors tell patients that their troubles are the result of chemical imbalances in their brains because this explanation reassures patients and encourages them to take their medicine.
Psychiatric Drugs and Chemical Tuneup
We care about understanding the causes of mental illness; because how we understand the cause influences how we will seek to heal. If we follow an erroneous set of presumptions that all problems can be corrected by tinkering with our chemical balance, then we will only seek medication that gives us a chemical tuneup.
the notion that “disease mechanisms could … be inferred from drug action” has succeeded mostly in “capturing the imagination of researchers” and has become “something of a scientific curse.” Bedazzled by the prospect of unraveling the mysteries of psychic suffering, researchers have spent recent decades on a fool’s errand—chasing down chemical imbalances that don’t exist. And the result, as Friedman put it, is that “it is hard to think of a single truly novel psychotropic drug that has emerged in the last thirty years.”
Increasingly, mainstream psychiatrists are publicly acknowledging the disconnected between psychiatric drugs and the cause of disease. As Greenberg quotes, “just because an S.S.R.I. antidepressant increases serotonin in the brain and improves mood, that does not mean that serotonin deficiency is the cause of the disease”.
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