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The Controversies Surrounding Cosmetic Psychopharmacology Throughout ones life generalizations and characterizations are made about ones personality It starts almost the second one is born She has a cranky demeanor she cries all the time During the school years children are characterized as outgoing energetic antisocial shy aggressive etc These characterizations lead to the generalizations of the loners the overachievers etc all of which continue with the person throughout their life As a result many look at certain personality traits as abhorrent and tend to dissociate themselves from such traits which would lead to a bad stigma in society Shy people strive to attain more self-confidence so they will be perceived as outgoing or fun loving while passive people look for ways to become more aggressive in business dealings This ever present need to attain the wanted characteristics of society parallel the need for many to attain the thinness portrayed by society as beautiful The easiest way to attain the physical characteristics of societys perceived beautiful person is through cosmetic surgery Likewise a new and innovative concept has emerged to make changing ones personality characteristics just as easy This concept is termed cosmetic psychopharmacology Sam an architect was seen as a nonconformist by his friends His sarcastic yet charming manner attracted many people to associate with him His unusual views on sexuality sometimes hindered his relationship with his wife but for the most part the marriage was without conflict Dr Peter Kramer first saw Sam as a patient in 1988 due to the persistent depressive state from which Sam was suffering After several sessions of psychotherapy where Sam began to deal with the issues surrounding his depression it was clear to Dr Kramer that psychotherapy alone was not enough for Sam As Dr Kramer and Sam resolved the issues in Sams life the sadness and paralysis of feeling continued Eventually Dr Kramer prescribed a newfound antidepressant drug called Prozac for Sam
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