I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica as now used could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894I, American physician and author
Psychiatrists now rely heavily on drugs to treat the symptoms of mental illness. Although these chemicals do affect mood, perception, and thought, they rarely cause euphoria or trigger high states; as a result, people generally do not take them unless they are psychiatric patients. Psychiatric medications fall into three main categories: major tranquilizers, antidepressants, and lithium.
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