Well, I was on pills for a few years awhile back. Can't say they directly helped me develop or grow as a person, but they stopped me from blowing my brains out, which is something.
They were an absolute godsend at the time, and I was eventually able to get to a point where I didn't need them anymore.
As for doctors being " 'trigger happy' about diagnosing so-called mental disorders", I disagree. I think there were always people suffering from some degree of mental illness (whether biologically or environmentally triggered) who went undiagnosed (or were considered possessed). I also think there really are more people suffering from mental disorders today (both environmentally and biologically triggered) than at many times in the past.
Originally Posted by Mynder
The trouble with pills is, they numb everything, not just the bad bits. For some people, this allows them to tone things down to a more manageable level, and then sort things out.
The goal shouldn't normally be to stay in that place though, but to really work with yourself and be able to get back off the meds at some point.
And I agree, they're way too freely subscribed these days, just as doctors are way too "trigger happy" about diagnosing so-called mental disorders.