Let Them Eat Prozac

First published in 2006 and written by psychiatrist David Healy, the full title of this book is Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression.

The publishers say (within a North American context):

“Prozac. Paxil. Zoloft. Turn on your television and you are likely to see a commercial for one of the many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. We hear a lot about them, but do we really understand how these drugs work and what risks are involved for anyone who uses them?

Let Them Eat Prozac explores the history of SSRIs―from their early development to their latest marketing campaigns―and the controversies that surround them. Initially, they seemed like wonder drugs for those with mild to moderate depression. When Prozac was released in the late 1980s, David Healy was among the psychiatrists who prescribed it. But he soon observed that some of these patients became agitated and even attempted suicide. Could the new wonder drug actually be making patients worse? …”

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