On Al Jaz Mass psychosis in the US by James Ridgeway The second bit of bold is mine. The shrinks are really pumping those drugs into Septic kids, it's not that they are 40 times more nuts since 93, market forces are simply at work.I'd not blame the Pharma-shrink nexus entirely Americans expect to be heavily medicated, most are insured and the part the customer pays directly is low so they'll happily gobble up pills or shovel them into a brat in need of some parenting. The elderly are a growing demographic and a highly vulnerable gold rush type market, granny farms will wring the last dollar out of them. The uninsured are still getting by on the Kickin Chicken and harsh language, they may be healthier for it. Anxiety diagnosis is also rising, some of that may be genuine, a lot of folk have got the fear. Already strained US workers are being squeezed for every higher rates of productivity. In Barry's jobless recovery, the 21st century gentry are doing very nicely but middle class wealth has evaporated with the housing bubble, there is a pandemic of debt servitude, a lot of folk are in negative equity, about a fifth of the population is unemployed and there for every job vacancy 4.5 people are chasing it. They are even going off endless warfare.