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Big Pharma, Big Mickey Dee's
It's standard. I meet people and tell them what I do, which requires me to explain a lot of things, and they all have the same story about a relative or friend, their son/daughter/niece/nephew/uncle/cousin/parent/friend is on lots of psych drugs that made them dysfunctional. They don't know much about withdrawal, are going on and off different drugs.

Each one thinks they have a very unique story, and in a sense they do. Just like we've all been to McDonalds sometime in our lives and have had  a very unique experience of eating a Big Mac or 2 cheeseburger meal (I used to eat those for lunch several days a week in high school, no joke).

We ARE all unique, yet the services and options we're getting from Big Pharma or Big Mickey Dee's are far from it. The experiences are nearly cookie cutter at any hospital or McDonald's around the country and even the world.

Yet, people know when they go to a fast food joint, they aren't being given special treatment; their cheeseburger is not custom prepared for them, even if they ask for their pickle on the side or to hold the onions and ketchup.

It's the same with psychiatric drugs; there's a basic menu. People tell their psychiatrist or doctor what they want that they aren't experiencing and the doctor chooses a menu item.

The main difference is that at McDonald's, the customer chooses from the menu, while at a psychiatrists office, the doctor generally chooses. For that reason there is even less uniqueness of experience, because the customer/client is getting the drugs that are being most heavily advertised to doctors.

Yet, they "listen" to their clients a bit more the McDonald's service worker, so that makes people feel unique. I just wish people could see the bigger picture of psychiatry and Big Pharma and stop feeling so darn unique.

People are very unique, but not because of the way the mental health system classifies them, and having a cousin who is drugged up on Zyprexa, Ativan and Celexa does not make someone unique, it makes them someone who's eaten at McDonald's, or who has a relative who has.

It makes you an American, and now that America has spread our version of fast "medicine" and fast food around the globe, it makes you a human being.

The problem for me with people not realizing  how McDonald's-esque Big Pharma is, is that they don't realize how many times I've heard their story. It would be like if everyone you met wanted to tell you about this burger chain called McDonald's, how they have these white bread buns, this poor quality meat, these French fries.

It's not even that these details are so boring, it's that each of them thinks it's rare that they've gone to this burger joint. It's like they have no idea there's one every few miles across the entire country. And you have to explain that to them, but they still want to describe to you in detail this cheeseburger they ate, how the onions were chopped so small, the bun was so soft, the pickles soggy, the French fries crispy.

We are all so unique and having such unique experiences, and ironically, the more we celebrate that, the less need we will have for these cookie cutter food and  medical systems, the more our food and medicine will reflect and celebrate our individuality, creativity and aliveness, our vitality rather than conformity and passive "tranquility" in the tranquilizing effects of fast food and fast medicine.