I feel the Big Pharma is "preying" upon those who are "mentally ill". This is hard for me to judge, but I believe most mental illness to be rooted in pretty strict physical or mental causes. For example, I have had bad romantic relationships, which has caused depressive feelings in me. And starting up good relationships "cured" depression.
Instead of taking drugs, I wish people would just work hard to fix those causes. Like, I have check-listed all kinds of healthy behaviors myself that I need to do, and THEN if I STILL feel mentally unstable, maybe I need help. BUT I realize that once I do those things that I feel better.
For instance, in college I started having panic attacks. This was invariably due to a lifestyle change - I was exercising less and sitting in class and studying more. When I started to exercise more again, I felt much better. The more I would research about the toxic stuff we put in our bodies and the more I would push it aside, the better I would feel.
For example - omega 3 fatty acid consumption - has been shown to significantly boost mood. I wonder how a bunch of mentally ill people would be if they started taking more omega 3's? +herbal supplements and all of that. I've been personally more interested in trying that than going on pharmaceuticals.
The problem though is: how "bad" is my anxiety/depression? Do you all have it "worse" than I do? I don't think so, but I can't be for sure. I think that if one researches a ton of health ideas and implements them, and has the desire and free will choices to overcome these mental ills, they can do it - especially if you pinpoint the exact problems.
For me it's all been simply boiled down: I just want to boost my income and hedge off financial concerns, and maybe find a relationship (or make peace with being alone - sometimes relationships can be MORE stressful, for sure!). And to also stay religiously pure - sin makes my emotions go wild. Now, how many people have mastered their needs? And, if they mastered their needs, would they be "mentally ill"? Ponder this, and think about what you're willing to do to become AWESOME. Maybe being mentally happy is just a little outside of your reach, and you just need to JUMP to grab the apple off the tree!