[Written around 2004.]
Psychotropic medications block the path to enlightenment. They are prescribed by doctors as quick fixes for people who have emotional problems requiring solutions deeper and more complex than anything out of a bottle. Pills may get you out of the house, but they won’t lead you to your soul.
Professional opinion holds that depression and other emotional problems are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. This is not true. Chemical imbalances are a result of the problem, not the cause. Chemical imbalances result from unresolved childhood traumas (which range from mild to extreme), which are the true causes of mental disorders. When people resolve their childhood traumas their mental problems resolve as well, which in turn balances their brain chemicals.
The journey to the soul – the no-med route – is a journey straight through hell. It is only available to the strongest and humblest: those able to face and resolve their childhood traumas. This route is almost impossible without an extremely enlightened guide, of whom there are scant few around – and it is even quite difficult with an extremely enlightened guide, because there is no way to avoid the pain and grief inherent in growth. This is why drugs (be they prescribed or not) are so popular. Drugs kill pain, neutralize symptoms, help bury and wall off trauma, and bypass healing. Taking them is easy. They demand no sacrifice. They are a soft and wonderful crutch. Their only cost, aside from the occasional side effect (some of which are terribly serious), is that they kill the spirit.
Emotional healing, on the other hand, opens up the full palette of human feelings. Healing, despite its lack of instant gratification, ultimately brings feelings of self-respect, adequacy, competence, maturity, and self-love. Healing connects you with your past and present. Healing opens the door to your true future.