Sunny27- I agree and I want to add that too often we look for pharmaceutical drugs to cure our emotional distress when in reality we have to feel the pain in order to heal.
For example, a person suffering from overeating due to anxiety will have to explore what are the causes of anxiety and face them. These patients should not be given a pill to reduce their appetite so that they could lose weight or an anti anxiety drug so that they could limit the neurotic tendencies.
This patient will only heal when he acknowledges the source of pain or void in his life that leads him to food.
The same could be said of any other addiction. In order to treat addictive disorders you really have to understand what the void is in the person’s life that is causing the addiction because that is the only way to treat the anxiety.
With the addiction the patient soothes his anxiety with his choice of drug but this behavioral pattern is what needs to change because it is unhealthy.
We have to remember that pharmaceutical companies have potential financial windfalls when we buy into their drugs, but that may not be the best way to handle anxiety, but disorders like schizophrenia and manic depression are a different story.