Suppressing the Psyche: Medicine or Madness

Anti-depressants, anti psychotics, sedatives. The scale of their use in the UK is astounding. 

All of them however serve one fundamental function; to alter the mind. The effects may be different but the goal remains the same, to counter or suppress an emotional state.

Bizarrely many studies emphasise the such drugs can’t be used alone to heal a person. Yet how often, really, is a prescription of anti-depressants followed up by therapy, counselling or what-have you? 

That of course is to do with money, society’s ultimate demon and the thing that will one day break it’s back, but that’s for another time. The willy-nilly, almost random distribution of psychological medicine needs to stop. End of.

Over the course of my life I’ve seen the effects of such drugs on people very close to me, my mother, my friends etc. Whilst most users swear by them, simultaneously most users appear to take them incorrectly, or to combine them with another drug, such as marijuana or worse, alcohol. 

It’s important to remember most users walk into these situations looking for help and deeply afraid of themselves, the world at large and everything in it (a symptomatic thought system, usually courtesy of depressive episodes.)

When a doctor acknowledges that someone is depressed, this acknowledgement becomes a fact in their minds, rather than simply a fear. Naturally, they want it solved and solved now, so out comes the medicine.

The truth is the medicine actually solves nothing. Like a crutch it helps a person get about, but, like a crutch, a person becomes dependent on it to do things they could do before without it. Unlike a crutch however, medication is not usually a temporary solution (though it is often meant to be, I’ve seen ‘temporary’ prescriptions last years in some people.)

When does a person stop needing a crutch? When they heal themselves! The body and mind both have a wonderful capacity to regenerate. Sure the mind scars, so does the body. A scar is usually good, serving as a reminder of an injury, therefore a lesson not to make the same mistake twice. Psychological scarring is, usually, no different.

When bodily damage is extreme we go into long periods of R&R. The mind should be treated the same way, I feel. E.g. I suffered a pretty horrible event recently, as did my partner. I socially withdrew. This was my R&R, my healing period for the brain. It has been effective and medicine-free.

While mental illness can be debilitating and as detrimental as two broken legs to normal life, the question has to be asked; is giving that person a badge, a name, going to help them? Every person I’ve met with some form of disability (including myself) would rather be treated as a normal human being.

Finally, these are human minds doctors are playing with, often without in-depth research of the patient, without full understanding or comprehension of the person (obviously, it’s one mind judging another.) Would you hand a crutch to a man with a sprained  ankle? No, you would give him a smaller support bandage or similar.

Finally, drugs often invert or destroy self-made coping mechanisms, like telling an old man his cane is no good and demanding he use a crutch instead. It’ll be uncomfortable, unsettling and ultimately unhelpful.

Psychological medicine is often the same. Uncomfortable, unsettling and ultimately unhelpful.


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