It becomes a handy excuse too.
Pop the pills, blame your condition for your failures….
Yes, that’s right.
It even has a clinical term I’m surprised Bruce Charlton doesn’t know/mention: the absolution of responsibility.
It used to be applied to the clinician, a duty of care, but increasingly it is discussed among overdiagnosis (a tragedy of the commons with prescriptions) issues and whether “patients” are embellishing or lying for instrumental gain (welfare, sympathy, an excuse to be a worthless piece of…. I digress).
Most would be better off with placebo pills, as TLP knows (where is she, anyone?). For example, they enjoy the idea they’re broken (hipsters) and hence nothing in/about their life is their fault (ignore the non-sequitur, I know). There is an escalation common in psychiatry, you start on the easy candy stuff like Ritalin and eventually it’s anti-psychotics, with the fun side effect of causing mass murder and shooting sprees you hear about on the news. This is also why feminists wish to drug little boys, it damages them for life and they think it’s revenge for the slutty ones ‘needing’ the Pill. Don’t expect logic.
Drugs should be a last resort, not as casual as an after-dinner mint. A single one begins irreversible changes in the brain. If you weren’t fucked up before, you will be. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282784.php
n.b. The chemical imbalance hypothesis is bollocks. Rarely it might apply but there are chemical tests (serotonin for example), as you can probably gather (and CSF, ouch) and those will only get better. It’s an easy theory that sounds scientific but it’s unfalsifiable. Everyone has chemicals. There is no normal pattern either. It’s like choosing introverts or extraverts. Apples and oranges. It ignores genetics and brain structure because Narrative.
How likely is it that a series of disparate imbalances of simple chemicals cause the exact same disorders and conditions as they’re set out purely in the latest DSM-V and ICD-10? It is more likely that I am a bisexual goat.
Take a look: http://www.priory.com/psych/ICD.htm
To this day, those
error codes give me a headache.