The Power Within: Are anti-psychotic drugs now obsolete?
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When I first read the above introduction to Neal Engelking’s book several thoughts immediately came to mind.
To begin, and having covered the pharmaceutical industry extensively over the past few years, reports such as the one which indicated that in 2006 anti-psychotic drug prescriptions at almost $7 billion represented the single largest expenditure processed through Medicaid makes one wonder if the collective societal psyche is on a downward spiral. This is not an entirely unreasonable thought, given the fact that a good many of those prescriptions were written for children under the age of 17.
Is the startling rise in the use of prescription drugs to get through the day a reflection of true mental illness tied to a chemical imbalance or is our malaise or melancholy as described by Eric G. Wilson in his book Against Happiness, the by-product of unrealized and unrealistic expectations based on attitudes of entitlement. In short, have the generations prior to the baby boomers, who strived to provide a better life for their off-spring succeeded too well, and in the process robbed us of our ability to accept and effectively deal with the natural ebbs and flows of life?
After all and as the character in the movie the Big Chill reflected “But the thing is… no one ever said it would be fun. At least… no one ever said it to me,” life was never meant to be a continuous flow of unbridled pleasure and unbalanced highs. In fact, it is through the challenging times that we experience our greatest growth and achieve our greatest accomplishments.
Of course this leads to another interesting thought . . . what did people do before the emergence of anti-psychotic drugs? Obviously civilization persevered through all these centuries, and while there were obviously means of “distracting” one from his or her problems, the absence of accessibility to the behemoth distribution machine that is the legalized drug trade perhaps meant that we had to find a tranquil balance within ourselves. A balance that was based on the reality of circumstances rather than the expectations of a life in which the grass is always greener on the other side.
Within this context I have to wonder if we have become for lack of a better word lazy or perhaps mentally unfit to meet the normal rigors of everyday living, and with prescription medication so easily available as a result of a health care system that is based more on throughput than treatment, if Engelking’s Accelerated-State Conditioning is more than anything else a return to simpler times in which we took ownership for as opposed to expectation of our lives and what it has to offer.
Tune in through the following link this Friday at 9:00 PM EST, as I welcome to BTW! Neal Engelking to talk about Accelerated-State Conditioning.