In the first month of the pandemic, there was a 21% increase in new prescriptions for antidepressants, anxiolytics and sleep medications. 78% of these prescriptions were for patients receiving these drugs for the first time. This situation is like a vise, squeezing people from both sides. Unfortunately, all these medications have serious side effects and are no substitute for human interaction, empathy, or psychotherapy, which can actually heal the problem. The problem isn't a "chemical imbalance." The problem is trauma. Our political systems create more of it. The disparities between groups of people increase, and we are being pitted one against another as corporations and the elite profit, while the 99% suffer. This is trauma. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/928901
Sarah Edmonds, PhD is a licensed psychologist, a mom, an activist, and a lover of dance.