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What is Our Problem with Pharmaceutical Companies, Especially When It Comes To Drugs For The Brain?

Red Pill or Blue Pill?I’m sure just reading that title incited strong reaction in most people.  They either love the companies, or hate them.  For some reason I think companies working to sell drugs to fix the brain have the worst reputation of all – and to this day I can not figure out why.

Let’s face it, we can find fault in anything.  It is pretty easy to do, and it is usually our first line of defense when we fear something.  I think probably all of our biggest fear is the dark side of the brain, and unfortunately until we are all enlightened, we will all have a dark side to varying degrees.

It is what we do with that dark side that matters.  For me, when I am going through particularly painful periods that trigger negative emotions, I can get relief in a number of ways; eat delicious food, drink alcohol, go dancing, workout, cry, sleep, take medications, go to therapy, write, go shopping, etc. etc.    Those things all help the pain in my body and mind reduce in severity, but unfortunately many of them have negative consequences on society.

So here are my questions:

  • WHY does anyone care if I am taking medications that help my brain stabilize and feel better – to the best of my ability?  If the medications have been shown to help improve my mood, and allow me to deal with life circumstances better and treat other people better, where is the logic?
  • WHY is it perfectly ok and acceptable for people to drink alcohol, when time and time again we have proven that it negatively impacts other people; through abuse, drinking / driving, increase crime, and increase suicide?
  • WHY do we not want pharmaceutical companies to make money, when a ton of what they spend it on is researching our brain and law suits protecting themselves so they can stay in business, when it is perfectly ok for companies that sell alcohol to profit as much as they want?

Our culture of contradictions amazes and frightens me every day.  Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about everything, and it is always based on lack of knowledge and contradictory wants and desires.

We want people to have stable brains and act according to the rules of society, yet we refuse to give free medication and therapy to all.  Worse, we ridicule them for wanting to take medication in the first place.  And then we reward those that break rules by providing food, shelter, medical care, and housing to them?  It just does not make sense.

I know there are a lot of questions in the middle, but are pharmaceutical companies really the demons so many make them out to be?  I’m thankful every day that I have the option to take something that I have found  stabilizes my brain chemistry enough so that I can be a productive, positive member of society.   I wish everyone had free access to it, so that they could calm their mind if they felt it would help them become better people and keep them out of trouble.

Anyone?  I would love your thoughts and opinions.

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What is Our Problem with Pharmaceutical Companies, Especially When It Comes To Drugs For The Brain?

Kathryn Goetzke

I own a company called the Mood-factory (, a company that creates products based on how sensory experiences effect moods. I also run a nonprofit for depressio, iFred (, we are working to change the brand of depression. And yes, I have ADHD, along with PTSD, major depressive disorder, and a host of other challenges, opportunities, and gifts.

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Goetzke, K. (2011). What is Our Problem with Pharmaceutical Companies, Especially When It Comes To Drugs For The Brain?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2020, from


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