It is shameful that you were modded up for that comment, it shows how little people on slashdot understand about psychology.
The more they understand about it, the worse it looks.
Quite the opposite most of the time. A big problem here is that a lot of people (particularly people on slashdot, though this happens in many other circles as well) think they know a lot about psychology because they have read a lot of angry rants against it, even though they have never had formal exposure to the fundamentals or history of psychology.
If you have some interest in the outcome, for example if you yourself are a psychologist, it would be considered a minimal level of integrity to disclose that
I am not a psychologist. I have friends and colleagues who are, and I took psychology as an undergrad. My work is in a more contemporary hard science.
It is noteworthy that you call up ethics here, when earlier in the same comment you said
That ethical concerns are part of the cause is irrelevant.
Nice of you to so consistently show concern for ethics.
Oh further along those lines, I wonder just how much the field is influenced by the incredible profitability of prescription drugs?
Last time I checked, few states allow psychologists to write drug prescriptions, that job is usually left to (medical school trained) psychiatrists (wikipedia shows only three states grant that ability to psychologists in the US). Psychologists have little to gain financially by encouraging pharmacological treatments for their patients.
I bet that would be a fascinating research topic.
The most commonly prescribed (in terms of patients who have had it prescribed to them) drug for mental health use is Prozac, which has been available generic for some time. Once a drug has become available generic, the profit is nearly gone. If you want to look in to the prescribing rates of new drugs for mental health versus other health conditions, and compare which are prescribed more quickly, that may indeed be an interesting topic. Your bias is so evident here though that I would be shocked if you were to ever attempt to undertake such a study.