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Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?

Richard P. Bentall

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791486
eISBN:
9780814739143
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791486.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Toward the end of the twentieth century, the solution to mental illness seemed to be found. It lay in biological solutions, focusing on mental illness as a problem of the brain, to be managed or ... More


Corporate Highs, Corporeal Lows

David Lenson

in Mind-Altering Drugs: The Science of Subjective Experience

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195165319
eISBN:
9780199894055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165319.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Psychopharmacology

This chapter narrates the author's personal experience with antidepressants. These include Prozac, Wellbutrin, and Effexor.


Other Levodopa-Responsive Problems: Anxiety, Insomnia, and Pain

J. Eric Ahlskog

in Dementia with Lewy Body and Parkinson's Disease Patients: Patient, Family, and Clinician Working Together for Better Outcomes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199977567
eISBN:
9780197563342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199977567.003.0015
Subject:
Clinical Medicine and Allied Health, Neurology

Carbidopa/levodopa is well recognized to effectively treat movement (“motor”) problems in DLB and PDD, as well as in typical Parkinson’s disease. However, ... More


Hallucinations and Delusions

J. Eric Ahlskog

in Dementia with Lewy Body and Parkinson's Disease Patients: Patient, Family, and Clinician Working Together for Better Outcomes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199977567
eISBN:
9780197563342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199977567.003.0017
Subject:
Clinical Medicine and Allied Health, Neurology

Defining terms is an appropriate introduction to this chapter. Hallucinations imply seeing things that are not truly present, or hearing illusory voices or ... More


Depression

J. Eric Ahlskog

in Dementia with Lewy Body and Parkinson's Disease Patients: Patient, Family, and Clinician Working Together for Better Outcomes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199977567
eISBN:
9780197563342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199977567.003.0029
Subject:
Clinical Medicine and Allied Health, Neurology

A diagnosis of DLB or PDD might make anyone depressed. It may also depress the spouse and family, although that is a topic for a later chapter. There are ... More


Chemically Imbalanced: Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery

Joseph E. Davis

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226686547
eISBN:
9780226686714
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226686714.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

For a generation, an intense debate has been waged over the expanding number of people who are diagnosed with a mental disorder and treated with prescription drugs such as Prozac and Adderall. One ... More


Memoirs and Memorials

Kenneth Millard

in Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621736
eISBN:
9780748651740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621736.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses the last two coming-of-age novels, namely Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina and Elizabeth Wurtzel's Prozac Nation. These two novels are first-person narratives of ... More


Pills

David Herzberg

in Rethinking Therapeutic Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226249933
eISBN:
9780226250274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226250274.003.0011
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Exposés of the pharmaceutical industry have become a thriving—and important—genre. Yet this genre presents an impoverished vision of pill users themselves, who are usually depicted as powerless ... More


The Problem of Suffering in the Age of Prozac: A Case Study of the Depression Memoir

Christina Simko

in To Fix or to Heal: Patient Care, Public Health, and the Limits of Biomedicine

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781479878246
eISBN:
9781479884155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479878246.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

Personal stories about depression and anti-depressants have become a ubiquitous facet of American culture. Such depression memoirs represent a crucial forum for grappling with the problem of ... More


Neuropsychopharmacology as Spiritual Technology

Nicolas Langlitz

in Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780520274815
eISBN:
9780520954908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274815.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

The introductory chapter, “Neuropsychopharmacology as Spiritual Technology,” situates the following historical and ethnographic account of the revival of hallucinogen research in a contemporary ... More


The Biologization of Everyday Suffering

Joseph E. Davis

in Chemically Imbalanced: Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226686547
eISBN:
9780226686714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226686714.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

To express, explain, and validate their suffering and frame intervention, many people draw upon a “grammar” of institutionalized medical concepts and practices. The source of this grammar, the focus ... More


Epilogue: Life after Life

Robert H. Abzug

in Psyche and Soul in America: The Spiritual Odyssey of Rollo May

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780199754373
eISBN:
9780197512944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199754373.003.0026
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, History of Religion

This epilogue recounts the fate of May’s work since his death, a period of declining and then renewed interest that continues today. It deals with changes in publishing, therapy, the rise of Prozac ... More


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