The camps seem to be divided by those who believe mental illness is an attitude of mind and therfore should be overcome by say a more positive attitude, and those who feel that depression should be treated with medication. I have a couple of concerns: 1.) Happiness is seen as a state which is a right of the individual. i.e. if a person is not happy, then something is wrong. It may be argued however that happiness takes hard work to attain, and to feel happiness, we too, must feel pain and suffer. If we try to eliminate sadness, and natural emotions, we may run the risk of degenerating the human condition ( Francis Fukuyuma Our post human future) 2.) The side effects of these pills, and how people come to rely on them in order to function normally. A friend of mine says that she knows when she forgets to take her pill because the world goes fuzzy, and she gets tremors. 3.) The increased demand for anti-depressants. My sister is a phramacist and has told me that she does more prescriptions for blood pressure and depression than anything else. 4.) A Doctor's willingness to prescribe them. I went to a doctor once and happened to tell him that I had felt a little bit down, and without much discussion he was going to prescribe them to me, without any offer of counselling beforehand. I did not accept the pills because I was dubious about these kind of drugs and wanted to carry out my own research. Now, while I do not agree that all people who feel depressed need a pill, I believe that some mental health drugs, like drugs for schizophrenia do relieve symptoms, so am inclined to think that some people perhaps do need anti-depressants to lead a normal life. It has left me wondering whether depression in the modern sense has always been around, but now that there are drugs for it, it seems that it is a fairly new phenomenon. Or whether, the multi-billion dollar indistry has created a niche in the market, which is underpinned by the generally held view that society is going downhill. Durkheim, called it anomie. Anomie, is when society loses its values and norms which keep it functioning. When a society is in a state of anomie then people are bound to feel unhappy because their lives lose meaning. But anyway, a Durkheimean view of modern mental health industry is not important, if when we speak of anomie, we are dealing with a modern myth which creates a need for these drugs. Nevertheless, it does make you think about what is causing all the depression, (could it be societies ills?) or what is reinforcing this feeling of need for anti-depressants. PS : If this is the wrong place to post this I'm sorry.