I wouldn’t say most mental disorders are BS (there is some deviance in each disorder), but the U.S. does indeed have a prescription drug problem. Many psychiatrists just prescribe medication and send patients on their way, after a 15 minute appointment.
Partially why I’m considering psychiatry is that I want to introduce more holistic methods of treatment, and do research on how these alternatives help the mind. I would probably only prescribe drugs if it was absolutely necessary. Not just natural remedies, but I want to explore why some of these drugs interact as badly as they do with the brain.
Some drugs, such as some stimulants, benzodiazapines, barbituates, and opioids are incredibly addictive. Some other classes of drugs, such as anti-psychotics, even the newer generation anti-psychotics, can cause weight gain (through currently unknown means, which I think is BS. I think that the government knows exactly how they do this, but they stay silent for Big Pharma), and have other adverse side effects.
Some of them interact badly with the brain. For example, some anti-depressants can actually CAUSE suicidal ideation. They can also cause serotonin syndrome, and some of the withdraws from anti-depressants like Effexor are horrible, which only adds to their addictive properties.
We also need better mental health services. There are some really bad therapists and psychiatrists out there, and we need to vet them closely. (It’s ironic, really, because psychology is one of the more saturated fields out there). And then we need to work on better psych hospital conditions. I don’t know if it’s a funding problem, or a character issue, but these problems seriously need to be worked on before we impose any more regulations or government involvement.