Film maker Phil Lawrence sums up the whole thing so well.
“I’m starting to think that antidepressants are like the ‘perfect storm’ – everything came together to create the ultimate moneymaker. You’ve got the perfect consumers – people who desperately want and need help. You’ve got the perfect illness – one that cannot be scientifically proven and is subjectively diagnosed. You’ve got the perfect marketing scheme – huge advertising campaigns in magazines and on television that play directly on the consumer’s fears and desires to get better. And, you’ve got the perfect pushers – government regulators and a professional community that have bought into the whole thing hook, line and sinker. The result of this perfect storm is a tremendous amount of power and influence that allows the industry to keep the wave rolling.
It’s intimidating – and a little overwhelming to actually fight the storm and try to get someone to listen – or make a change, or for that matter, tell the truth – but at this point, what other choice do we have?”
No choice at all.