Maybe Americans have taken drug use too far. Maybe we don’t need more or better drugs. Maybe we need to change the way we feel about emotions. Maybe we need to confront life’s inherent difficulties rather than avoid all aspects of melancholy. Maybe depression is a rational response to a disconnection from nature and others. Maybe anxiety is a rational response to gun violence. Maybe fatigue is a rational response to informational and sensory overload. Maybe our biology isn’t always the problem. Maybe our minds are reacting appropriately to a sick system. And while healing individual mental crises is a critical and moral objective, current treatment options may overlook symptoms of a larger societal problem. Maybe we need a new environment.
I don’t want to dig deep into my psyche, my core beliefs and aspirations, because I’m scared that what I’ll find will disappoint me. It’s crazy, I know, but I’m slowly working towards figuring out my ‘why’ and being comfortable sharing my true self.