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The Resource Is it me or my meds? : living with antidepressants, David A. Karp, (electronic resource)

Is it me or my meds? : living with antidepressants, David A. Karp, (electronic resource)

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Is it me or my meds? : living with antidepressants
Title
Is it me or my meds?
Title remainder
living with antidepressants
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David A. Karp
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eng
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CaPaEBR
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1944-
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Karp, David Allen
LC call number
RC537
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.K3665 2006eb
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ebrary, Inc
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  • Antidepressants
  • Depressed persons
  • Depression, Mental
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  • 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
  • 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
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Is it me or my meds? : living with antidepressants, David A. Karp, (electronic resource)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-280) and index
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OCM1bookssj0000183903
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9780674025516
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remote
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(WaSeSS)bookssj0000183903
Label
Is it me or my meds? : living with antidepressants, David A. Karp, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
PromptCat
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-280) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000183903
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780674025516
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000183903

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