I never said that medicines or big Pharma was all bad and evil, it is a business like all others. If you need an antibiotic by all means, go get one, if you feel depressed or manic and the medicine they give you stabilizes you, by all means, there is nothing wrong with taking it if you need to. The only thing I was pointing out was that sometimes doctors hand out pills as if they were candy when then can sometimes be avoided. In the US, kids that are unruly and show signs of ADHD, often times they drug them up with Ridlin or similar stuff, when if left untreated many times they will outgrow it. When in pain, by all means get pain medication. Mental illness is a science still in progress, you can not do a blood test to determine if she or he is bipolar or schizophrenic, it is the opinion of the doctor and he alone determines which drug and how much to take to stabilize the person. Sometimes it works other times it does not or only works for 6 months and the drug cocktail must be changed. Diabetes often times is caused by bad diet and often times can be corrected by diet. But each individual is unique and must determine what works best for them. There are many pharmacies here that will treat you for free or close to it (if you promise to buy your prescriptions from them), I went to Similiares once when I had bronquitis and the doctor prescribed me like 5 different medicines, an antibiotic, a nasal spray, a decongestant and god knows what else, and I was thinking all I what is an antibiotic. Of course medicine is lifesaving and big pharma saves millions of lives, but it is also a business and money making. Often times their are alternatives that work and sometimes not. That is all I was trying to say. When a young person begins to suffer from mental illness, I believe you should at least attempt alternatives first before getting them hooked on strong heavy pharmaceuticals that may or may not help him or her, long term, and will also possibly cause addiction and health problems down the line. I have all ready been down that road with my sister and it did not turn out so great. Always listen to what your doctor says, and then fully research it with an open heart yourself later, read everything and anything about the topic and go from their. Doctors are not gods, and with the information of the internet we can now be better informed about newer forms of treatment that even your doctor may not be aware of.