I think there’s something to that, especially when looking at Hoffer and other psychiatrists of that era. Although they were still very much psychiatrists–Hoffer did shock ‘treatments,’ Osmond apparently got involved in using LSD during research on prisoners–they -were- considerably less sadistic, more humane and thoughtful than the typical psychiatrist of their era. From what I’ve read, they were also a whole lot more honest and transparent about the nature of what they termed “mental illness” and also “treatment.” Some material I’ve skimmed over is almost brutally honest in describing the ill effects of multiple hospitalizations on people, for instance. and yet… I still take the vitamins, but I don’t think of the vitamins as “treatment for severe mental illness” at this point. Orthomolecular practitioners and fans speak of “side benefits” from the protocols, as opposed to “side effects” (adverse effects) from any Rx available, -especially- the psych drugs. and so… honestly, the “side benefits” are what have convinced me to continue loading up on basic vitamins, minerals, etc. The “positive effects on mental state” or what have you are a definite plus, but there’s also: lowered blood pressure, improved sleep and anxiety without sedatives, far less trouble with allergies, and an overall improvement in health status and a reduction in healthcare costs. I do think the sense of agency is important, too, especially for me and people like me who whip up a DIY protocol, largely due to the paucity of reputable practitioners available in many places.