A new book, Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, sheds light on the trend of classifying normal human behaviors as psychological illnesses, and developing drugs to "treat" them. According to this article about the book, the author
I'm disturbed by this very trend, as I have several family members who take these kinds of mood-altering drugs, and frequently pressure me to do the same. I suspect that many forum members are also either taking these, or are candidates for them. I won't say any more; read the article if you're at all interested.meticulously and systematically researched the archives of the American Psychiatric Association to analyze American psychiatry's extraordinary shift in the last 30 years from a psychoanalytic orientation relying on talk therapy to its current emphasis on neuroscience and drugs.
In the interest of full disclosure, my sister-in-law is a psychologist who is firmly opposed to the increasing reliance on drugs, but my opinions on the matter have been influenced by hers about as much as anybody's opinions are influenced by a younger sister's, possibly less.