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Old 04-20-2012, 08:00 AM   #1
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Post-Prozac Nation

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/ma...?_r=1&emc=eta1

Post-Prozac Nation
The Science and History of Treating Depression
By SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE
Published: April 19, 2012


Few medicines, in the history of pharmaceuticals, have been greeted with as much exultation as a green-and-white pill containing 20 milligrams of fluoxetine hydrochloride — the chemical we know as Prozac. In her 1994 book “Prozac Nation,” Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote of a nearly transcendental experience on the drug. Before she began treatment with antidepressants, she was living in “a computer program of total negativity . . . an absence of affect, absence of feeling, absence of response, absence of interest.” She floated from one “suicidal reverie” to the next. Yet, just a few weeks after starting Prozac, her life was transformed. “One morning I woke up and really did want to live. . . . It was as if the miasma of depression had lifted off me, in the same way that the fog in San Francisco rises as the day wears on. Was it the Prozac? No doubt"............

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Old 04-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #2
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Re: Post-Prozac Nation

This is a good feature. thanks for posting.

I never knew that paxil came out in 1975! I thought it was the late eighties.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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Re: Post-Prozac Nation

A follow up comment:

The New York Times Magazine Article on Antidepressants
Posted on April 25, 2012 by Jill Littrell, Ph.D. RSS

In the Sunday New York Times Magazine, an article by Siddhartha Mukherjee entitled “Post-Prozac Nation” appeared. I eagerly read this article, wondering what position the author might take with regard to the anti-depressants. Mukherjee acknowledges that the initial belief depression is caused by a deficiency is serotonin is far too simplistic. (Refreshing.) But next, Mukherjee cites a bundle of neuroscience research which at first glance might imply that it’s really serotonin after-all. Since the reader who does not devote time reading the exploding volume of neuroscience research might walk away thinking “maybe it is serotonin”, I’ll detail the facts that contradict the serotonin deficiency theory.

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Very interesting. Thanks for posting this Scotty.
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