Take a typical journey through a mental health care crisis via a list of common prescriptions, in relation to a typical young woman in America today who exhibits self-destructive behaviors:
Wellbutrin +, -
Abilify +, -
(Most spelled incorrectly because why not.)
x etc. etc. etc.
= Cocktail of symptom suppressors with unknown effectiveness, side-effects, combination effects over an unknown period of time.
Add: Complications such as prolonged QT syndrome (Heart arrhythmia, potentially fatal condition). May or may not be result of medication, medications, etc. (One example of a complication).
Depression, anxiety, cutting, suicidal ideation and actions, bulemia = acknowledged exterior symptoms of deeper psychological / physiological condition.
Deeper psychological / physiological condition = (all speculation): low-self esteem, body control issues, self-image dystopia, dysmorphia, neurological condition, chemical and / or hormonal imbalance, previous trauma, both psychological and / or physical.
Contemporary complicating syndromes: wide availability of medication and health care facilities treats symptoms of the disorder, but knowledge of availability of medication and health care facilities by the patient can result in sub-conscious or semi-conscious cycle of: "repair damage of symptoms, period of relative functionality, re-trigger of deeper underlying condition, re-appearance of symptoms, return to facility for repair of symptoms, repeat cycle indefinitely or until 1) patient dies 2) patient can find a way to break cycle.
Odds on patient "breaking cycle" = 1 in 25 - 30
Interestingly enough, patients who break the cycle discover on their own a completely new set of values, reframe existence in completely new terms, undergo a fundamental transformative experience that is physical / psychological / spiritual. This occurs outside the closed system of "accepted" treatment methodologies.
These moments are rare, and psychiatry / psychology practice offers no path to this experience, but instead continues to enforce the "repair, relapse, repair, relapse" cycle by it's very nature.
Some would argue that the entire infrastructure of mental health care in the western world has actually been cynically designed to promote and edify this cycle of despair, because like everything else in America, profit and commodity are at the foundation of all enterprises involving large sums of capital. Insurance companies, psychiatrists, mental health facilities and practitioners are all either conscious or unconscious players in this insidious cycle of doom. It is, in the end, more profitable to keep patients in this cycle indefinitely.
The disconnect in western medicine between symptom treatment and pseudo-therapies such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, etc. and the evidence that the patient requires a fundamental paradigm shift where alternative world-views, spiritual views, psychic views, mind/body views is frighteningly medieval: it is not dissimilar to bleeding a patient with leeches in order to stabilize a trauma. When the result is death, there is nothing more than a collective sense of it being the patient's own failings. The "industry" of health care does not choose, nor is directed to, examine their own practices.
All that remains is the hope that the patient will pick up the right book, see the right sunset, experience the right adventure, discover the right passion, learn the right practice, understand the right relationship of self to society and body / mind. It seems only then can a true transformational moment occur that gets to the heart of the deeper trauma.
In our current social order, this kind of treatment is viewed as a kind of witchcraft at worst, a dissmissed idea of "alternative therapy" at best.
I say we need to bring back the witches, in force.