Excellent article, Dr. Lynch. It says exactly what needs saying. I’m not a medical professional, but I am a medical writer, and I’ve lost count of the many articles I’ve read in which the author solemnly states that a particular medication is hte “gold standard” for a “disease” such as anxiety. What is also troubling is the way patients welcome this kind of diagnosis – they’re glad to be told they have an illness, which allows them to hand off the problem to a psychiatrist who will make it all better. I’m not dismissing the very real nature of their pain, but that removes any other options for resolving it. It’s more comforting to believe you’re sick in the same way as someone who has diabetes or a heart condition – and psychiatry so unfairly reinforces this paradigm.