Here is an essay on an increasing problem–using chemical restraints for troubled people.
I run into it all the time in corrections medicine–bad people with bad lifestyles on psychotropics of all kinds, from tranqs to the new antipsychotics, sporting causally applied diagnostics, like adult or child ADD, bipolar, schizoid, when many of them are just personality disorders with temperament and mood symptoms.
But drugs offer an easy out.
The long-term effects of potent drugs are not easy to assess in the troubled population that gets prescribed drugs but has a chaotic lifestyle, and uses recreational drugs and alcohol too.
Here’s an essay on the problem of kids in foster care who get drugged up to make them more manageable.
Personality disorders dominate the prison population but they get labeled this or that in the psych nosological canon so they can be drugged on a recommended regimen to treat their “symptoms” and discomforts.
We now have a drugs for unhappiness tradition. People who have been medicalized in many cases for their behavior and immaturity, antisocial acting out, social dysfunctionality.