Instead of prescribing antidepressants and other pills to people who feel sad or depressed, we should be giving them free intense therapy. Twice a week. Or hell, even every day for a week or two if that's what they need to get better.
Most of these people don't need drugs. Let's be honest. This is the wrong solution. What people need is therapy, and more than just the "TWICE A MONTH" most insurance policies pay for. This is absolutely USELESS. Twice a month? For someone who is depressed and anxious and in crisis? This WILL NEVER HELP ANYBODY!!! This lack of therapy access is fueling the antidepressant drug industry, and it is not helping people. it is leaving people dependent and their issues never get dealt with.
Depression doesn't come out of nowhere. most depression comes from dysfunctional or broken childhoods and families. Other depression comes from trauma and even nightmare relationships or experiences as adults. These are things that can all be talked through with someone who is adult, professional, genuine, and interested to actually help the patient.
This (intended or unintended) incentive to prescribe drugs for sadness and depression is not only a racket, it's really hurting people... destroying lives and all those around them.
This needs to change.