Splatted Wrote:Mental health problems often have physical causes and the drugs are designed to counter this. Of course, most of the time there will be environmental factors as well, but it's not true to say that doctors who prescribe medication are ignoring the "reasons behind our pain"; the drugs were created as a direct result of attempts understand those reasons.I'm just talking about generalised anxiety and depression for otherwise healthy people. I can't claim to know anything about other more serious mental health problems. As far as those two are concerned, I don't think you can claim that they often have physical causes. If you're talking about chemical imbalances, then you're probably talking about symptoms. Either way, there's nothing conclusive enough to justify artificially altering someone's brain chemistry. And are these studies ever going to find anything to the contrary when the immeasurable cognitive processes of the mind are completely outside of their scope?
Read about the role of the HPA axis in the stress response, and then find somebody suffering from depression who didn't suffer long-term stress and anxiety prior to their depression. A habituated stress response can highly sensitise your autonomic nervous system, which can create a devastating cycle of stressing about stress, until your glands are spent and your lust for life follows them. When somebody measures your brain chemistry at this point, what do you think they find?
For some reason, stress is often completely overlooked. As far as I remember, somebody was actually citing an overactive HPA axis as a 'genetic cause' of depression in the previous thread. If prescribing questionable drugs while completely ignoring the history of habituated adrenaline release isn't ignoring the "reasons behind our pain", then I'm not sure what is.
It's easier to believe in the medication. It's not your fault if it's physical, especially if your doctor is telling you that. But there's nothing wrong with having a psychological problem, and good medicine should encompass the mind (not just the brain) as much as the body. Personally, I don't take drugs lightly and I don't blindly assume anybody knows what's best for me (anymore). I was able to solve my own problem with a completely natural approach, and the results will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Good information and a bit of determination can go a long way. If that's too hard for some people, there's plenty of help out there that isn't in capsule form; you just need to look for it. If you've given up and your life's hell and a course of pills can change that, then go for it. Just don't make it the first stop.