In a striking coincidence, the same week that I wrote a blog post about using psychiatric medications, Newsweek put out an article on the subject. Maybe they read here, who knows. There are several followers who have no avatar on their following icons (just kidding).
Their article is called The Depressing News About Antidepressants. It discusses the efficacy of chemical pills versus placebo pills. They included that way cool picture of all those pills representing different parts of the brain.
It is a very interesting and informative article which takes the position that antidepressants have almost no effect on depression. It states that the results people report are due to the "placebo effect" instead, basically that people think they will get better and so they do.
The article is specific to antidepressants. It does not address other forms of medication used for psychiatric disruptions.
If you actually have time to read all four pages of the article, try to squeeze in another few minutes for the comments. It was interesting to me that the comments were so bland, and noncommittal. At least the ones I read. I thought the comment writers would be all fired up for sure!