The current mass drugging with antipsychotic/ neuroleptic drugs (now often re-named as 'mood stabilizers') is a phenomenon unique in the history of psychoactive drug over-use.
In the past, over-used psychiatric drugs were ones that made people feel obviously better in some obvious way - and they were drugs that therefore people wanted to take.
The over-prescription was mostly a matter of doctors giving-in to strong patient demand.
This would apply to nearly all of the blockbuster psychotropic drugs in the post 1945 period from 'minor tranquillizers' such as Miltown, Librium and Valium to psychostimulants such as Dexedrine, Ritalin and Provigil.
The minor tranquillizers reduce anxiety and make people feel relaxed and pleasant (much like alcohol) and improve sleep; psychostimulant increase energy, reduce fatigue, improve
concentration, promote weight loss... People, understandably, want these effects, and therefore many people want to take these drugs.
But of course all these drugs also have undesirable and serious side effects, and most of these emerge only in the longer term; also they may also be addictive. And that is why a good doctor will advise caution with using these drugs - they are superficially and immediately appealing; but deep down and over time they may do more harm than the obvious benefit.
But basically these types of drugs make people feel
better and in some ways function better - even though this may just be temporary.
antipsychotics/ neuroleptics do the opposite (pretty much) - they reduce
energy and motivation, and make people feel indifferent and dulled at best, and miserable and unable to experience pleasure at worst - as well as creating dependence and having serious and often permanent side
effects, especially a form of induced Parkinson's disease called Tardive Dyskinesia.
If you gave-away psychostimulants, or had them on sale
at pharmacists without prescription and no advertizing, there would be vast demand -
people want them...
But if you could give-away antipsychotics at the street corner to anybody who asked, and (after giving them a try) almost
nobody would take them.
Who would anybody want to take a drug which made them feel like a zombie - dead inside?
Therefore the current mass drugging with antipsychotics/ mood stabilizers happens because, in one way or another, antipsychotics are being forced-upon people.
Traditionally, it required legal coercive power (or the threat of using such power) to force many or most patients to take antipsychotics. Patients usually needed to be forcibly committed to hospital, or put onto a compulsory treatment order - and given long acting injections whether they liked it or not...
But nowadays it is doctors 'strongly recommending' patients to take these drugs 'or else' something terrible will happen; or parents forcing their
children to take antipsychotics/ neuroleptics on medical advice.
Essentially, the current mass usage of antipsychotics is evidence of an extraordinary level and effectiveness of propaganda
- to the level of near-universal brain-washing - especially the widespread usage of "take them or else" terror tactics based on faked and incompetent pseudo-science.
Of course, once people have been bullied into taking antipsychotics for a few months, then they produce dependence, and it becomes difficult, sometimes impossible to stop
taking them without very severe side effects such as a full-blown psychotic breakdown on withdrawal.
So people will continue taking the tablets, despite that they make you feel like a zombie.
point is that there really is no precedent for what is happening now
with mass usage of antipsychotics.
This phenomenon of mass drugging with agents that make people feel and function worse is evidence of the immense power of the psychiatric/ Big Pharma complex.
Mass drugging with anti-psychotics not only has nothing to do with
patient demand, it has emerged in the teeth of patient demand - widespread antipsychotic usage is the opposite of patient demand.
But once the patients have been hooked on these drugs that make them feel worse, then they have no choice but to continue to demand them.
Therefore, in my opinion, the evil of the present situation is unique in the history of psychopharmacology - we are in new territory.
In the past profit was made from giving people what they wanted, but which would harm them in the long term; now profit is made from giving people what they do not want, and which will harm them in the long term.
The situation is so bad that decent people cannot comprehend it, cannot believe it is really happening - has indeed already happened.