An interesting entry over at NecroRogIcon. It’s nice to see people that have similar views to mine, and aren’t afraid to express them – even if they could possibly be seen as intolerant. And intolerance seems to be quite the mortal sin buzzword these days.
In any case, I was going to comment on his post, until I realized that my comment was getting to the length that it would be a post all on its own – so here you go, my thoughts on the issue:
The thing about anti-depressant and other similar “middle class” drugs is that in our “quick fix/instant gratification” society they tend to be handed out as an end, rather than a means to an end that’s much tougher to achieve than most people want to accept.
Kid getting on your overworked nerves? Pump him full of ritalin – nevermind if he really needs it or not. Life getting to you, feeling blue? Who needs a crazy head-shrinker, go to your GP and get the “magic pill” to make you feel better – who cares if you can’t get it up because of the Prozac, you can always use Viagra.
I don’t have a problem with people who need drugs as a stabilizing means during tough times. The advancements that have been made are fantastic, and it really gives people a leg-up when starting therapy.
I do, however, have little to no (respect, tolerance, pity, I don’t know what word I’m looking for) toward those who take and prescribe mind-altering drugs (because that’s exactly what those drugs do) without any accompanying cognitive therapy from a trained professional. It’s not an easy process, and doesn’t work for everyone, but isn’t utilized as often as it should be, because the drugs are just easier.
I personally don’t think physicians should be able to prescribe anti-depressant drugs without proof that the recipient is also under the care of a mental health professional. If that person doesn’t need the drugs forever, they can get the help they need, and stop taking them. If someone does need anti-depressants for life, they’ll need therapy anyway to help them learn how to live with their “disability” or “illness” or whatever you want to classify it as.
No, I wouldn’t fault a diabetic for taking insulin (to borrow a line from a friend who used it in the comments of the post I referenced). I would, however, fault someone with a broken leg for never taking off the cast and tossing the crutches, because it’s easier than going to Phsyiotherapy and getting back on their feet.