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Medication is sometimes necessary, but the way it is used these days is very wrong. Medications such as antidepressants are often prescribed without any effort put into diagnosing. Very often there is something going on, sometimes medical, and sometimes situational. Prescribing antidepressants for that is kind of like prescribing aspirin for someone who's being punched in the face on a regular basis.

Yes, absolutely. Or prescribing opiates for a broken bone, while telling the person to just pop a pill every six hours and keep walking around ad infinitum, rather than “use the opiates for a few days until the acute pain wears off, stay off it and wear a cast for a few weeks, go the physio faithfully, and you shouldn’t need any pain relief at all by then.”

I’m not denying that some people might need psychiatric meds chronically, but some people can cope fine with only lifestyle changes and CBT, and some need meds to facilitate the lifestyle changes and CBT but don’t need them for years/for life. Very few doctors have the skill to tell the difference, so they just reach for the prescription pad.