The human condition is an uncertain thing.  There are ups, downs, and concerns and issues that are vastly difficult if not impossible to plan for, and yet there are highs of such magnitude that they easily eclipse any negatives that might be experienced.  The depth of humanity is an intangible commodity that is an uncertain and sometimes very unpredictable occurrence, but through application of pharmaceutical aid becomes even more so.  Better living through chemistry solves the problems for which it is designed, but can create further conflict.

Too often in life throughout the past century individuals have found that medication, both prescribed and self-administered, can alleviate the concerns and problems that arise in day to day interactions between them and the world.  With a laundry list of issues and anxiety-producing reasons to medicate come an equally long and difficult to pronounce procession of pills and medications that are designed to take away the stress and create a moderately balanced life.  The inherent problem with this method of instilling peace of mind is when the patient no longer needs the pill the desire for the medication can remain.  In that instance the medication is no longer the balm it was meant to be, it becomes the excuse to deal with any and every problem no matter the severity.  In effect the need becomes the reason to medicate, not the cause of the need (Barber, 2009).

The dependency upon prescribed medications by the American public has become something of an epidemic throughout the past several decades, and shows no sign of slowing down.  While this dependency is attributed to pharmaceutical companies it is still the responsibility of the individual to know when they need a pill and when they need to simply accept the world as it is.  Blame can only be placed upon those who commit the actions, not those who seek to facilitate. Better living through pills is only half-living, and not the better half.


Barber, Charles. (2009). Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation.

New York, NY: Vintage Publishing.

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