The use of psychotropic medicine to help with emotional issues is on the rise. Writers like Robert Whitaker report that medication does damage with prolonged use. Other professionals take issue with his findings. Are medications critical to psychotherapy and in particular Life Pattern therapy?

The key question is what's the pattern? If a person has an addiction to a pill that keeps their emotions regulated, the pill is part of the problem (an addiction). If the pill is regulating some thoughts or behaviors that the person is presently unable to control, let's use the medicine.

People can regulate their emotions. The medicine needs to be part of the solution and never part of the problem. If it increases dependence and reduces problem solving ability or the perceived need for problem solving, the person will benefit only for a short period of time.

The therapist's job is to help a person get better on the way to getting well. If the medicine helps with "better", wonderful use it. If the medicine becomes the definition of "well", we need to be wary.