Originally Posted by Bob Sheed
Here's the thing, and I hope this doesn't upset anyone, but if you are paying attention then maybe you should be upset...
That's all we want to do anymore is address the symptoms, instead of the root causes.
Example: Let's say you live in very very dry conditions. And because of this, you get dandruff and dry skin in general. So you go to the doctor. And what do they do? Prescribe anti-dandruff shampoo with whatever chemicals in it, and some dry skin medication, with whatever chemicals in it. Side Effects include blah blah blah, but don't worry, they have meds to alleviate those side effects too.
When what you really needed was to change your environment to one that is more humid. But instead you are told, "I'm sorry but you are going to have to be on dandruff medication your entire life."
And why? Because it's way more profitable to tell you you need a lifetime of medication than it is to tell you to change your environment.
Don't get me wrong, some people need to be on serious medication. But the whole "I can't concentrate in school, so put me on drugs for the rest of my life" is freaking ridiculous.
Maybe little Timmy can't concentrate in school because he isn't challenged. Or maybe he is over challenged. Or maybe formal education isn't his thing. Some people simply are not wired for it. But let's not take the time to figure it out. Little Timmy is not falling in line like the others so lets just pour drugs on Little Timmy until he does.
Raisor, I don't wish to diminish what you have been through, and how far you have come. But I can't help but wonder if every avenue of treatment was exhausted before the decision was made to commit to a lifetime of medication.
Someone tries to kill themselves. Were there any factors that may have been driving this? Something as major as being abused, to as minor as not eating properly...it all affects mood and chemical balance. But again, there is no money in that kind of treatment. Nah...let's just put him on a drug that he can't ever get off of.
It's sad really. The answer to every problem these days is a pill. Sad and scary.
Unless you are the 1% of people that really needs to be on serious medication, then you have probably been duped by Big Pharm into a lifetime commitment to their "medication."
Is this what your career in scientific research has taught you? Because I'm very well read in some of the things you outline above and I can tell you that you don't seem to know much about the science behind any of it.
Sometimes the "root cause" is that the body does not produce enough of a certain substance that it needs to function optimally. There's nothing more to it than that. Maybe Timmy can't concentrate because a certain area of his brain isn't getting the proper amount of dopamine that's needed. No amount of change in environment, or challenging him, or anything else is going to change that. If Timmy doesn't see well, are you not going to let him get glasses?
It's true that there are those out there looking for a quick fix and are diagnosed incorrectly. This is a problem, no doubt. But research I've seen suggests that the opposite happens much more often and is an even bigger problem. People who should be diagnosed (and sometimes that means medication, sometimes it does not) wind up continuing to struggle their entire lives because they read a lot of nonsense like you wrote above and think it's true. They change their environment, they do all kinds of other things they think will change them, and nothing helps. So instead they think they're just lazy or any other number of derogatory adjectives.The psychological toll this can cause over a lifetime is what's really sad.
I'd suggest doing a little homework before simply reciting what's been said by countless others who almost always have no real education on the subject.