Check this scary statistic: "Spending on prescription drugs to treat depression, anxiety, pain, schizophrenia and other conditions climbed from $7.9 billion in 1997 to $20 billion in 2004 – over a 150 percent increase, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality."
Let's assume the numbers are true. Does this mean that people in the US became crazier and more pained during those years? Or did the level of mental illness remain constant while percentage of those being treated went up?
Or was it simply that a whole bunch of people are now taking crazy meds who, perhaps, shouldn't be?