Without a doubt there is a place for pharms. I just would make that the last place I got to. Some doctors are very quick to write scripts for meds. Most times needlessly, when just a change in diet, some exercise or some counseling would be more than adequate. Big Pharma knows very little about how these drugs work. Brain chemistry is simply not that well understood, regardless of what the ads say. For the most part it is a shot in the dark. Which is something most doctors do not understand.
FTR, I too would be dead without meds. I am one of the first survivors of necrotizing fasciitis. Without the experimental antibiotics I would be long one or at the very least be missing an arm. But having said that I still avoid meds at all costs including an annual flu shots and anti-bacterial lotions, soaps and wipes.
After my divorce. my doctor put me on anti-anxiety meds. I had a bad reaction. They did nothing to solve my problems, they only masked my pain. I realized in short order that is I was going to get over it, I needed to face it head on. I did and I am alive today because I did.
At the center of every moMEnt of my life is ME!