It’s a well-documented that prescription antidepressant and painkiller use rose 400% between the early 80’s and 2000, and then another 65% increase in the last 15 years. It’s true that some people receive great benefits from these drugs. For some it is literally life-saving. It’s also true that doctors are getting better at identifying mental illness. But a 400% + a 65% increase?
To me this is a stark reminder of how our society seeks a quick fix for most problems, and will go to great lengths to avoid emotional and