comment on a previous entry. The question was whether psychotropic drugs are unnecessary, as people continue to take them even though they don't work by correcting a chemical imbalance.
Believing the chemical imbalance theory provides a good rationale for taking medication (see eg. previous post and eletter). But I guess we will continue to take medication even without really knowing how it works. It is often started when we are feeling desperate, so we are likely to believe whatever's proposed will help. And of course medication might have non-specific effects.
Remember also that discontinuation problems are very common (eg. see my book chapter about antidepressant discontinuation problems.) So I'm not recommending just stopping it. However, I do think it's important to have a debate about the rationale for taking medication (eg. see previous post).
(With thanks to Atariana who has now prompted me to pick up on her comments on my blog a third time.)