Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Books and more books

Two more packages arrived yesterday, from Amazon. A true story about a woman in the Amazon, another book on prozac, and a book by Paul Krugman, plus a CD, a violinist, playing several violin favorites. I am in the midst of completing The War on Freedom and Banana Republicans, but I took time out to read some escape lit, and now I am escaping into David Healy's Let Them Eat Prozac. I knew Healy's rep, good doc who has written extensively about antidepressants, and looked forward to this latest.

It is indeed an escape, for me. At the same time it is an eye-opener that will go on my page on mental illness. I am learning things about Prozac that I had not read, quite as clearly, in other books, so this fills in some gaps. Most significant is the effect of SSRIs on suicidal tendencies. The researchers knew at the start that these drugs have the effect of causing more people to commit or attempt suicide. They also covered up the evidence that the drugs promote dependence and even marketed them as non-addictive - which I knew.

Anyway, I toyed with the idea of skipping part of work today to read this book! I won't, but the temptation is there.

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