There are numerous ethical issues in modern day America, and a major one that is not yet much talked about is that of the use and distribution of antidepressants. The rate at which these “medicines” are being described is, needless to say, atrocious, disheartening and, no irony intended, sad. This epidemic needs to stop, and I am not talking about the “illness” named depression, but rather the real illness of doctors and other prescribers who dole pills out like candy. There are countless problems with the very idea of mental illness, first and foremost is if such a thing even exists, at least on any sort of physical level. In other words, the “experts” have yet to prove there is any sort of physical abnormality that causes illness therefore making the entire mental illness field questionable at best. To make matters worse, drug companies spend millions to billions annually on their notorious marketing strategies and campaigns. This includes both advertisement directed to professionals and directly to consumers themselves. This means that medical advice is essentially being given over television sets to laypersons with little to no background in such a field, yet are sought after as if they can legitimately self-diagnose. Likewise, regular people come enter doctor’s offices convinced they are depressed before uttering a word to the supposed professional. To further complicate the issue, increasingly more general practitioners willingly prescribe heavy duty “medications” for an extended or even indefinite period of time with only a ten to fifteen minute consultation with the patient. This sort of practice is inexcusably wrong on two fronts: one being the entire field of psychiatry is illegitimate, and secondly even if the field holds some truth, generally speaking regular doctors have little background or experience in treating the incredibly complex psychiatric issues. I personally would argue that psychiatry is some sort of twisted joke, as there is no solidified proof at all that depression is a medical illness. This is not to mention that the experts are not even sure how the very drugs that they prescribe work. The entire field is based solely on theory which means there is no scientific proof like that which backs other legitimate illnesses.