A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reveals that more than two-thirds — some 69 percent – of patients using anti-depressants do not actually meet the criteria for depressive disorder. The study finds that many individuals who are prescribed and take antidepressant medications may not actually have a depressive disorder, and that such drugs are often used by patients who do not meet the diagnostic criteria of depression.
According to the research, among the users of antidepressant medications, 69 percent never met the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD), and 38 percent also never met those for obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, or generalized anxiety disorder – for which the antidepressant medications are sometimes prescribed. The study is here.
While of course there are appropriate times and circumstances for prescription drugs, unfortunately our culture increasingly turns to powerful mind-altering prescription drugs to medicate symptoms of underlying conditions that require spiritual resolution - or worse yet, are even normal.
Earlier I wrote here about someone I met someone who was an alcoholic years ago and underwent treatment which "successfully" treated the alcohol addiction, something he was quite proud of. However he was a prescription medication drug addict when I met him; he had merely transferred the addiction from alcohol to legal drugs.
Psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland penned an op-ed here in the New York Times earlier this year in which she cited that at least one of every four women in America is now on psychiatric medication, as opposed to one of every seven men, a situation Holland described as “insane.” Holland observed that women are emotional and sensitive by design – qualities that are generally “a sign of health, not disease.” According to Holland, “women are nearly twice as likely to receive a diagnosis of depression or anxiety disorder than men are.” Her concern is that the uptick in prescriptions for psychiatric medications is “creating a new normal, encouraging more women to seek chemical assistance.”
"Women have learned that their normal feelings of sadness and anxiety – while they may be uncomfortable – are symptoms of pathology,” Holland wrote. “We need to … appreciate them as a healthy, adaptive part of our biology.”
It's wise to remember that the Greek word translated as sorcery in the NASB in Gal 5:20 is "pharmakeia" (see Strong concordance here.) It is the origin of the English word "pharmacy". There has always been a strong correlation between mind-altering drugs and the demonic. The out-of-control drug problem in our culture is a marker for powerful, demonic spiritual forces at work.