The concern about life-shortening medications applies beyond those who are clearly deeply troubled. A disturbing creep (more nearly, a leap) in the readiness with which professionals prescribe powerful psychiatric drugs and on the basis of decreasing indications that these drugs might even help has characterized the mental health field in recent decades.
These insights touch all of us regardless of stage of life or the work that we do. "The enemies of compassion: pity, moral outrage and fear" -- Roshi Joan Halifax Compassion is healing. Why don't we train our children? Why don't we train our health care providers so that they might help transform suffering? Good questions