Continuing from yesterday's post, the thing which worries me the most about mood altering drugs and pills is the fact that so many of them are designed to be permanent. I'm specifically thinking of anti-depressants. Everyone I know who has started taking the pills is basically stuck taking them for the rest of their lives.
In fact, I only know one person who was successfully able to stop taking anti-depressants, and it took him six months of gradually smaller doses in order to do so.
[Edit: Charles only started taking anti-depressants, because he hit a rough patch in his life. 2-3 months later, things were back to normal, so he didn't need drugs to make him happy any more.]
I don't understand why permanent pills are recommended, as a cure for a temporary condition.