Hello, everyone :O) As I researched Cymbalta, I was shocked to learn that, among some other pretty horrific side effects, it can precipitate mania. I did some other internet searching, and found so many sites where people who need help are receiving medications that not only don't address the basic problem but, in addition to not doing what they are supposed to, make hair fall out, lead to weight gain, bring on bowel and kidney problems, etc. What I would like to know is whether the general opinion here is that psychotropic medications are of value or not? Do we know of anyone who has taken these medications and seen his/her problems entirely resolved? Do we know of anyone who has never started on these medications, or has stopped taking them altogether, who has seen his/her problems resolved? When I did my internet research, the question I found most often explored was whether anti-depressant therapies are causing mania. I don't have the figures in front of me now, but the increase in the diagnosis of manic/depressive disorders since the advent of the newer anti-depressants is shocking. Is the general feeling here on the site that psychotropic medications are of value? Thanks, guys.