For some reason that is still incomprehensible to me, many Americans view psychology with a deep suspicion. Medication, on the other hand, is considered the best medium to deal with pretty much any physical or emotional issue.
Pharmaceutical companies go to incredible lengths to promote their goods. Back in New Haven, I once witnessed an extremely shameless attempt at pill marketing. In a neighborhood coffe-shop, cardboard sleeves for coffee cups were decorated with little packs of extra-strength painkillers. There was absolutely no supervision over the access to these pills. Nobody seemed to care that even little children could get as many pills as they wanted.
It seems very strange to me that people are so nonchalant about the amount of chemicals they put into their own bodies. For the most part, they don't look for any other ways to resolve their problems before turning to medication. People who come to visit me are often surprised that I don't have a medicine cabinet and can't believe that I live my life absolutely medication-free. It seems somehow wrong that taking pills would be seen as normal, while anybody who lives without them is perceived as strange.
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