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Prozac-Mania Yeah Im on Prozac I hear quite often saidas if the speaker had just received a new Porsche I often do catch myselfresponding with Im on Zoloftisnt modern medicine greatIn a way this exchange is a way of bonding In another more twisted wayit is a way of receiving a stamp of approval from my peers for antidepressantshave become extremely widespread and widely accepted Prozachasentered pop culturebecoming the stuff of cartoons and stand-up comedyroutines and of course really bad jokes by people who do nottake the drug Chisholm and Nichols 36 These days being prescribed an antidepressant carriesless stigma than in the past Prozac has attained the familiarity ofKleenex and the social status of spring water Cowley 41 Gone arethe days when the label loony is slapped upon a person takingthese drugs Antidepressants have become almost as commonplace as TylenolProzac is being prescribed for much more than clinical depression Some ofthe other illnesses that are treatable by Prozac include bulimiaobsessive-compulsive disorder and dysthymia which is chronic low-gradedepression In some cases it is even prescribed for anxiety or low self-esteemChisholm and Nichols 38 Part of the popularity of Prozac stems from declininghealth care As medical plans cut back on coverage for psychotherapysays Dr Robert Birnbaum of Bostons Beth Israel psychiatrists feel pressuresimply to medicate and then monitor side effects Cowley42 General practitioners however write the majority of Prozac prescriptionsBoth of these scenarios raise concerns as some psychiatrists state thatit can be dangerous for antidepressants to be used without concurrentpsychotherapy sessions Chisholm and Nichols 38 When I discontinued mytherapy sessions after two years yet still continued to take my antidepressantsI felt as if something was missing from my life Therapy has been a veryimportant part of my treatment and I would not have recovered as well ifI had not attended regular psychotherapy sessions With the common use of Prozac and other antidepressantsanother consideration arises are these drugs becoming a substitute for reallycoping with problems Prozac and
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