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The Dark Side of Prozac Cutting purging starving and drug abuse are all self-destructive behaviors faced by Americans today Americans like to think that the ingestion of a simple pill will help dissolve their problems Society tends to ignore the adverse effects of anti-depressants because of the wonders that they work With the mass quantity of anti-depressants on the market Prozac is found to be one of the more popular drugs As great as Prozac may seem to be the content of this paper will conclude that Prozac has a negative effect on self-destructive behaviors Prozac is used to treat depression bulimia and alcohol dependency just to name a few uses Prozac is part of a group of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors SSRIs which help replenish normal levels of serotonin to the brain Ruh 949 Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which helps us decide whether a glass is half full or half empty Lemonick 150 Scientists are just beginning to understand a chemicals role in the function of the human body Lemonick This is a very interesting discovery if this understanding is recent how is it possible that over 20 years ago Prozac started to be marketed Prozac is a chemical and it is possible that there are many negative functions of Prozac that scientists have not yet discovered Commonly observed side effects of Prozac are headache insomnia drowsiness nervousness anorexia nervosa and anxiety Long It is common knowledge that anorexia is the starving of oneself Anorexia is just as much a mental disease as it is a physical disease Anorexia is a severe disease that causes internal damage and even death Obviously for Prozac to cause anorexia the drug must drastically alter a persons way of thinking So while Prozac may be used to treat one self-destructive behavior in an individual such as bulimia drug abuse or self-mutilation it may cause another more serious self-destructive behavior In 1987 the
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