My wife has suffered from anxiety and depression her whole life, she was on SSRI (Cialis) which did nothing for the anxiety but made her more depressed as she gained 40lbs due to it (which is a known side effect but they seem to gloss over it). She had a bad episode earlier this year and her doctor gave her a prescription for benzodiazapine without blinking. The results are just taking a quarter of a pill with the lowest dosage knocks her our and gives her a hangover the next morning. She did some research and found that CBD which is the non-psychotropic portion of marijuana has been shown to be a good mood stabilizer. She looked into getting a card (we are in Canada) and one of the (fortunately optional) requirements was to get a referral from her doctor. He refused. Sure benzos no problem fill your boots, MJ, hell no. He also admitted he knows very little (and from what we gleaned is very outdated).
Luckily the people involved have figured out how to work the system and are in contact with doctors who are more up to date. It cost us about $400 ($50 for copy of her records, $320 for doctor appt over video conferencing in another province). He reviewed her records noted that she had tried other legitimate means and approved it. She has noticed an improvement compared to the dulling effect of the SSRIs.
I don't blame the parmaceutical companies to be scared.