Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner
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conversation with the dentist

Somehow the subject of drugs came up in the dental office this morning. Dr. LaP. said many of his patients are on meds, particularly young women, particularly teens. And he said it's common knowledge that just about every psych tech at Atascadero State Hospital is on meds, and he treats a lot of them, too.

He said he feels meds are being prescribed for life stresses, things that one should learn how to deal with. And he suspects that the teen girls end up on drugs almost in a peer pressure kind of thing - "but Mom, Elsa and Janey are on Zoloft and they are feeling better, so why can't I be?" Maybe so.

It was unusual even to have the chance to talk, of course (I think this is the hardest part of dental work for me! Having to shut up!). I was waiting for the Novocaine to take hold, and so had a window to voice my opinion. It was nice to be talking to intelligent persons who didn't think I was crazy or misguided. I think even those who feel these drugs have helped them would have to agree that they are prescribed much too freely.
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