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Author Karp, David Allen, 1944-

Title Is it me or my meds? : living with antidepressants / David A. Karp.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.


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Edition 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed.
Description 1 online resource (293 pages)
Note Originally published: 2006.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-280) and index.
Contents Prologue : Doxepin diary -- 1. Giving voice -- 2. Unwelcome careers -- 3. Married to medication -- 4. Searching for authenticity -- 5. Significant others -- 6. Teens talk -- 7. High on drugs -- Epilogue : Lessons from the inside -- Appendix A: Getting stories straight -- Appendix B: Commonly prescribed drugs for anxiety and depression.
Note Print version record.
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Summary Annotation By the millennium Americans were spending more than 12 billion dollars yearly on antidepressant medications. Currently, millions of people in the U.S. routinely use these pills. Are these miracle drugs, quickly curing depression? Or is their popularity a sign that we now inappropriately redefine normal life problems as diseases? Are they prescribed too often or too seldom? How do they affect self-images?David Karp approaches these questions from the inside, having suffered from clinical depression for most of his adult life. In this book he explores the relationship between pills and personhood by listening to a group of experts who rarely get the chance to speak on the matter--those who are taking the medications. Their voices, extracted from interviews Karp conducted, color the pages with their experiences and reactions--humor, gratitude, frustration, hope, and puzzlement. Here, the patients themselves articulate their impressions of what drugs do to them and for them. They reflect on difficult issues, such as the process of becoming committed to medication, quandaries about personal authenticity, and relations with family and friends. The stories are honest and vivid, from a distraught teenager who shuns antidepressants while regularly using street drugs to a woman who still yearns for a spiritual solution to depression even after telling intimates "I'm on Prozac and it's saving me." The book provides unflinching portraits of people attempting to make sense of a process far more complex and mysterious than doctors or pharmaceutical companies generally admit.
Subject Antidepressants -- Anecdotes.
Depressed persons -- Anecdotes.
Depression, Mental -- Chemotherapy -- Anecdotes.
Antidepressive Agents.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Psychopathology -- Depression.
SELF-HELP -- Mood Disorders.
SELF-HELP -- Depression.
Antidepressants. (OCoLC)fst00810483
Depressed persons. (OCoLC)fst00890902
Depression, Mental -- Chemotherapy. (OCoLC)fst00890935
Depressies (psychiatrie)
Genre/Form Personal Narratives.
Anecdotes. (OCoLC)fst01423876
Other Form: Print version: Karp, David Allen, 1944- Is it me or my meds?. 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007 9780674025516 0674025512 (OCoLC)165408233
ISBN 9780674039339 (electronic bk.)
0674039335 (electronic bk.)
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