I had to figure much of this out since childhood, I now go to psychs knowing more about pharmacology than them- dopamine AGONISTS-as opposed to ANTagonist antipsychotics- officially used to treat Parkinson’s combined with a few other things finally solved my lifelong depression and alcohol issues (to the point of moderating drinking- AA was of no help)- took years of study and experimentation with overseas meds to find such a combination. (almost) Every psychiatrist I have seen takes the easy road for their patients- whether depressed/lethargic or manic/violent- favoring antipsychotics that will dampen the feelings- a true zombie state or “chemical lobotomy.” I even know one that recommends clozapine for simple depression and OCD (No hallucinations, schizophrenia, psychosis) despite the well known risks including metabolic syndrome leading to diabetes. I believe that medications are useful when used appropriately, with the goal of enabling a person to work through their emotions, not lobotomizing them with dangerous antipsychotics. It is also imperative that incentives, financial or otherwise aka kickbacks have no place in prescribing decisions. Medical science is still in its relative infancy understanding neurochemistry and all the variables involved, much less what introducing synthetic agents will do- safety should be a paramount concern. I would suggest research NOOTROPICS- general term describing any substance synthetic or natural/herbal/etc that expands the brain, so to speak- increasing neuron growth/regeneration, oxygen flow to the brain, the memory-critical chemical acetylcholine, dopaminergic, and many other mechanisms. In a sense, the opposite of antipsychotics- which are practically “dumb drugs.” They are also, by definition, of high safety and little/no potential for dependence. Widely used by students as “smart drugs” of a sort- I have suggested them to friends and family struggling with lingering memory and mental deficits from past antipsychotic use. There is also evidence of benefit for treating specific psychiatric disorders. I do not list examples of such medications, or detail personal experience here, as the effectiveness of each varies dramatically between individuals, and there have been moves by the FDA and other gov agencies to suppress such info in the past. Research yourself- the internet is full of valuable information, some of the best done in foreign countries- the language barrier being one obstacle to sharing knowledge.