Originally Posted by Hookem Horns
About a year ago the doctor that "discovered" and named fibromyalgia came out and said he regretted making this is disease because he is now convinced it is the body's reaction to over stress and negative thinking. He said there was no physical evidence of anything else in their years of studies. He also said that in studies the people that were told they were merely having symptoms of over stress, etc and didn't have a disease eventually got better. However the ones that were told they had an autoimmune disease called fibromyalgia tend to not get better. He said he felt he did a lot of people a big misservice because by making people believe they have a disease keeps them sick.
I don't think this is 100% big pharma's fault. I agree with you in part, but I also feel there is a certain psycho-social aspect to the problem that is being left out. When people go to a doctor, and they tell them that they hurt physically, that they have no energy, and that they feel sick all the time, it is not socially acceptable for a doctor to tell them "Its all in your head"
For whatever reason, the medical industry is both expected to treat everyone of every disease, while maintaining a friendly bedside manner. When people go in with symptoms and the cause can't be found, people get angry. They want treatment. People are lazy, and they would rather take a pill and move on then take the time to look further.
Regardless of the true cause (whether its genetic or environmental), anti-depression and anxiety medications work. Whether there is truly a "chemical imbalance" or not, these drugs DO work. As a result, people would rather resort to the drugs then the alternatives. The doctors prescribe them because its what their patients want. If they didn't, their patients would go elsewhere. Its a 2 way street