Two disparate points: >>>”psychiatry lacks any legitimate claim to medical credibility or legal authority, and therefore should be stripped of all such coercive power and control in our society, and be left to wither away into obscurity.” Right. If psychiatry is anything, it’s an art, definitely not a science. And most of the drugs prescribed cause more harm than good. However – Benzodiazepines are not just a “psychiatric drug.” – Many years ago, I had a digestive problem where about half an hour after a meal, I would feel terrible, like I was about to pass out – or die! Many tests and medications were tried. Nothing helped, and most made me feel worse. Then a doctor prescribed Ativan. I obtained instant relief with zero side effects, and it has kept me free from that problem for all these years. I know many people are addicted and/or abusing this drug. But it has been a lifesaver to me. Let’s be careful about casting too wide a net, or throwing the baby out with the bath water.