Antidepressants – Most Prescribed Drug in the U.S.

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The CDC has announced that in 2005 the most prescribed drug in the United States was antidepressants with a whopping 118 million prescriptions written. While I have personally seen these drugs be a life saver in some instances, in many instances they are over prescribed and abused.

In Henri Nouwen’s book Reaching Out he makes the point that loneliness has the potential to convert itself into solitude and that solitude can have profoundly positive effects in our social and spiritual lives. Yet we live in a society of avoidance of the unpleasant and the result is a society that doesn’t really know how to live full lives. Living a full life does not mean we are joyous all of the time with big bubbling smiles plastered on our faces. Living full lives means we are able to be fully present in the full spectrum of human experience, the ups and downs, the good and the bad. Nouwen writes,

Our culture has become most sophisticated in the avoidance of pain, not only our physical pain but our emotional and mental pain as well. We not only bury our dead as if they were still alive, but we also bury our pains as if they were not really there. We have become so used to this state of anesthesia, that we panic when there is nothing or nobody left to distract us. When we have no project to finish, no friend to visit, no book to read, no television to watch or no record to play, and when we are left all alone by ourselves we are brought so close to the revelation of our basic human aloneness and are so afraid of experiencing an all-pervasive sense of loneliness that we will do anything to get busy again and continue the game which makes us believe that everything is fine after all…

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