The Role Of the Psychiatrist In the City

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Let's face it, large cities and urban areas can be pretty crazy places at times.  So many people to deal with on a daily basis, so much noise, so much traffic, and so much general stress.  With the rate of changes in technology how can anybody even keep up it may seem at times.  Couple these things with the generally ailing economy and generally turbulent times that we live in, and you have a mix of external stress factors that could drive any sane human to the edge and back; and that's not even to mention every individual's internal struggles such as employment, family, relationships, etc.

Sometimes people seek help for these stress factors, many times through counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.  Sometimes people really just need someone to talk to about what is ailing them.  Recently, though, I have personally noticed what seems to be the excessive prescribing of psychotropic drugs by psychiatrists to people that always seem to be well-behaved, don't seem to be mentally ill in any way, and for problems that don't seem to have any solutions in drugs.  I even read an article recently about the fact that people right in the United States are being prescribed psychotropic drugs when they go to the physician to receive a flu vaccine.

In fact, at the college that I previously attended, Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, I was told by the counselors and staff that I would have to see a psychiatrist and be put on psychotropic drugs after I filed a complaint with security when I heard people talking about shooting me on the air at the radio station on that college campus.  This obviously would and should raise a red flag to the casual observer.  Maybe a few questions should be posed in these times and situations that the urban human is living in.  What exactly is the role of the psychiatrist in the city?  Is all of these people being prescribed and being on all of these different psychotropic drugs really the best thing for society in general?  What are the long-term effects of these psychotropic drugs on humans?  Is there any other alternatives or other solutions to this seeming problem?  If so, what are they?

And by the way, walkable pedestrian/byciclist friendly, public transportation-oriented New Urbanism also offers many benefits to both mental and physical health.  By getting people out of their cars and homes, and into pedestrian thoroughfares and inviting public social spaces, residents will be getting the physical exercise and social interaction that everyone needs and should have in their lives.  

Also see my Blog titled What New Urbanism Is Not by clicking on Dylan's Blog below.

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