LIVING: Prozac Nation: Have We Become Too Dependent On Drugs?
- 2010/04/30 19:32:21
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Is Prozac, the so-called cure-all mood enhancing drug, the culprit?
A new controversial book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (by Robert Whitaker, Crown Publishers, April 2010) is trying to answer that question.
Have we become a nation dependent on pills to deal with daily stress?
The $25 billion pharmaceutical industry supplying those antidepressants does not want us to question the effects (for example, a rise in suicide rates) of taking a magic bullet pill to make your anxiety and depression go away. But Whitaker's question "Could our drug-based paradigm of care, for some unforeseen reason, be fueling the increase in disability rates?" is also one that has a money answer, as governments fund disability due to depression.
The contentious new book on mental illness in America seeks to answer some of the tough questions about what has created a culture depicted in the 2001 film "Prozac Nation."
Is America ready for the answers, or would we rather just take a pill to make it go away?
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