I'm fairly anti-medication.
Not to the extent that I don't vaccinate, or anything like that. Just, I think medication, in general, is way over-prescribed and that there are often other avenues.
Not always. But often.
I've been appalled at how often and with how little provocation antibiotics have been thrown at sozlet, for example. I've really had to argue on that even though I have ample research to back me up.
When she needs antibiotics, she needs antibiotics. I won't not give them to her in that situation. But there's a lot of "prophylactic" or "it'll be cured in a fortnight if you do nothing and just 14 days with antibiotics" stuff that happens.
I also had a single test that showed hypothyroidism that had my doctor arguing quite strongly for me to go on a medication that, I found out with research, I'd have to be on for the rest of my life. I also found out with research that it has interactions with a variety of other drugs. So if I go on this drug for hypothyroidism now, and then later I have a heart problem (or something, I forget what all of the interactions were), the choices of medications I'd have then would be limited.
I said I wanted to try exercise first -- I know I always get out of whack physically when I don't exercise enough. My doctor strongly disagreed, and sent me an email that I still have about all of the bad things that would happen to me within a short time period (six months or so) if I didn't start taking this medication.
They didn't happen. And after I'd been exercising for a while, I took the test again and was back in the normal range. Some six years on, I'm fine. (I do need to get back to exercising though to stay fine, I think.)
Anyway, that's just one example of many -- I'm forever finding myself arguing against leaping to the pharmacological solution, whether on my own behalf or sozlet's.
It's a lot of work. (I need to find a more simpatico doctor but searches have thus far been fruitless and I don't want to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. Although really, I can just change again if I have to. This just came up again very recently and I made the decision as of last Friday that we're changing. I don't trust my doctor, and that doesn't work. But I digress.) And I think a lot of people are more inclined than I am to just go ahead with what the doctor says.
Anyway, yes, I think there's a dangerous nonchalance. I think some of that comes from doctors, some of it comes from patients who want the quick fix. Some of it comes from big pharma.
That's about medicine in general though, less about your specific article. What you quote makes sense, and I see the concern. It's not something I know a lot about one way or the other (the psychotropic side of things). Did just read a very interesting article -- New York Times? -- about how Prozac and such work, and why they might work differently on different people. Here it is: