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by Peter D. Kramer

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Title:Listening to Prozac: A Psychiatrist Explores Antidepressant Drugs and the Remaking of the Self
Authors:Peter D. Kramer
Info:Viking Adult (1993), Paperback
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Tags:mental illness, depression

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Listening to Prozac by Peter D. Kramer



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Excellent description of causes and symptoms of depression and why certain medicines can correct the problem. Kinda like getting glasses for nearsightedness. ( )
  JoanGambill | Mar 6, 2012 |
Very good book. Easy to read. Informative. Great for the lay person & makes a strong case for antidepressant medication. ( )
  clm256poetry | Dec 2, 2007 |
Kramer is fascinated with the possibilities of better living through chemistry. Others have done a better job of delivering the cautions needed in dealing with psychiatric drugs, but none have done a better job of documenting the most intriguing research projects that contribute to our knowledge of brain chemistry. I found of particular interest the study which sought to create leadership in a monkey tribe. A male monkey fed serotonin and placed in a leaderless tribe would instantly become the leader. But the serotonin-enhanced monkey placed in a tribe that already had a leader just couldn't make it past first lieutenant. Kramer also posed a number of ethical questions, such as, Should a doctor prescribe Prozac to a patient who wants it to stop biting her fingernails or to be more suitable for a sales job if he wants to give up being a librarian? Where does the clinician's responsibility lie? Interesting stuff. ( )
  bookcrazed | May 24, 2006 |
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Toward the end of 1988, less than a year after the antidepressant drug Prozac was introduced, I had occasion to treat an architect who was suffering from a prolonged bout of melancholy. (Introduction)
My first experience with Prozac involved a woman I worked with only around the issues of medication.
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Een antidepressivum dat ervoor zorgt dat je as-sertiever wordt en betere prestaties op het werk levert, je populair maakt, dat je zelfvertrouwen geeft en plezier in alles wat je aanpakt... Sinds Prozac in 1987 in de Verenigde Staten op de markt werd gebracht, mag dit middel zich in een ongekende populariteit verheugen. Ook in Nederland, waar het in 3989 werd geïntroduceerd, wordt het veel voorgeschreven.
In Prozac gaat psychiater Peter D. Kramer in op dit revolutionaire en controversiële geneesmiddel en de implicaties ervan. Wat betekent het wanneer een pil bij het ontbijt een verlegen iemand extravert maakt? Is het toeval dat toen men ervan uitging dat vrouwen rustig thuis bleven valium hét geneesmiddel was, en nu asserfiever gedrag van hen gevraagd wordt, veelal Prozac voorgeschreven wordt? Is het tijdperk van de 'kosmetische farmacologie' aangebroken, nu we een pil kunnen slikken die onze persoonlijkheid kan verbeteren? En wat zijn de implicaties van een middel dat niet alleen een ziekte te lijf gaat, maar ook iemands persoonlijkheid verandert? Bestaat er dan nog wel zoiets als een eigen persoonlijkheid?
In dit fascinerende boek betrekt Peter D. Kramer gegevens uit diverse vakgebieden: celbiologie, ethologie, medische ethiek, literatuur, en vooral: de verhalen van zijn patiënten.
Prozac is een belangrijke bijdrage aan de psychiatrie van deze tijd, en is bovendien een goed geschreven, provocerend en vooral ontroerend verhaal over onszelf.
Peter D. Kramer, MD, is praktizerend psychiater en doceert aan Brown University.
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Psychiatrist Peter Kramer's book Listening to Prozac created a sensation when it was released in 1993, and it remains the most fascinating look at the new generation of antidepressants. Kramer found that the changes in brain chemistry brought about by Prozac had a wide variety of effects, often giving users greater feelings of self-worth and confidence, less sensitivity to social rejection, and even a greater willingness to take risks. He cites cases of mildly depressed patients who took the drug and not only felt better but underwent remarkable personality transformations--which he (along with many of the book's readers) found disconcerting, leading him to question whether the medicated or unmedicated version was the person's "real" self. Kramer has been criticized for seeming to advocate Prozac over psychotherapy or as a way of achieving personality changes not directly related to the disease of depression, such as improving one's social confidence or job performance. In fact, he makes no such recommendations; he was simply the first popular writer to suggest that these changes might occur. (He answers those critics in the afterword to this 1997 edition.) For anyone considering taking antidepressants or wanting a better understanding of the effects these drugs are having on our society, Listening to Prozac is a very important book.

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Kramer examines the implications of taking drugs to alter personality rather than effect illness, focusing on Prozac, a popular antidepressant.

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