In my work at the Smart Therapy Centre over the past 25 years I have often seen the alarming results of medication on people’s capacity to recover from distress. In my experience, this distress could almost always have been resolved in a matter of days or weeks with intelligent, targeted intervention.
Instead many people unwittingly get caught in the revolving door of the psychiatric system where they are usually medicated.
Sadly, medication tends to take the frontal brain off-line and in so doing removes much of what makes us attentive, rational, imaginative, empathic and socially sensitive beings.
Moreover, medication tends to make us passive, reducing our capacity for mental control and ‘free will’ thereby reducing our likelihood of making well-judged decisions and being able to act as agentic advocates on our own behalf. We can quickly become bystanders of our own lives.
To make matters worse, often when people are too drugged-up, others just don’t want to hang out with them because the lack of social nuance is just too limiting.
Saddest of all, once people are medicated, they are usually seriously disempowered because they nearly always come to believe (totally incorrectly) that they cannot survive (let alone, recover) without their tablets. This is how the most vulnerable people can so easily become supporters of the (often inhumane) role of big pharma in mental health.