By David A. Karp

by way of the millennium american citizens have been spending greater than 12 billion cash each year on antidepressant medicines. at present, thousands of individuals within the U.S. in many instances use those capsules. Are those miracle medicinal drugs, speedy curing melancholy? Or is their reputation an indication that we now inappropriately redefine basic lifestyles difficulties as ailments? Are they prescribed too frequently or too seldom? How do they have an effect on self-images?

David Karp techniques those questions from the interior, having suffered from medical melancholy for many of his grownup existence. during this ebook he explores the connection among drugs and personhood by means of hearing a bunch of specialists who not often get the opportunity to talk at the matter--those who're taking the drugs. Their voices, extracted from interviews Karp carried out, colour the pages with their studies and reactions--humor, gratitude, frustration, desire, and puzzlement. right here, the sufferers themselves articulate their impressions of what medicinal drugs do to them and for them. They contemplate tough matters, reminiscent of the method of changing into devoted to drugs, quandaries approximately own authenticity, and relatives with friends and family.

The tales are sincere and shiny, from a distraught teen who shuns antidepressants whereas frequently utilizing road medications to a girl who nonetheless yearns for a non secular way to melancholy even after telling intimates ''I'm on Prozac and it is saving me.'' The ebook presents unflinching photos of individuals trying to make experience of a strategy way more advanced and mysterious than medical professionals or pharmaceutical businesses more often than not admit.


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But no matter what I did . . if the depression started on a Sunday, no matter how hard I tried, by Wednesday I would be lying on the bed, curled up and aching . . in a state of absolute despair and physically aching. And . . I was saying to myself, “Depression can’t make you ache because it’s just in my mind. ” I would be at the point where I would be so depressed I’d just give up. And then I wouldn’t even try and help myself. . I’d reached the point where [I was] lying in Unwelcome Careers 39 bed on .

However, the Klonopin, taken three or four times a day, dulled her pain, and within two weeks things began to change: 54 Is It Me or My Meds? About four and a half, almost five weeks . . it started being good. And then by six weeks it was like . . I was feeling no pain. I was eating, back to work, concentrating, wanting to go out, get on with my life, everything was great. Everything was great. And how can it not be the drug? When they tell you you’ll feel better in five to six weeks, is it your mind making you feel better because they told you [you would improve], or is it the drug?

9 It is hard to overstate the difficulty of starting a new 40 Is It Me or My Meds? drug, staying on it for enough time to determine its effects, adjusting doses to minimize side effects, and then weaning yourself off when it doesn’t work. In the 1970s Mike quickly worked his way through a series of tricyclics, including nortriptyline, imipramine, and desipramine. He also tried lithium, a natural salt, which was “a major negative event. . 10 Since Mike’s doctor believed in giving each medication at least a six-week trial before discarding it, you can imagine how long Mike spent on this exhausting drug merrygo-round.

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