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Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 03:29 am
Utsu: drugging the ordinary sadness of Japanese and children

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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
a longer history?

Do have a look at this amazing collection of psychiatric drug packaging from Japan, starting post-war.
http://psychodoc.eek.jp/abare/gallery/index_e.html
wishing you well,
roger


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lilitu93
lilitu93
Fantastic Cat
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: a longer history?

I want to take the happy cat drug:

http://psychodoc.eek.jp/abare/gallery/doral.jpg

Seriously, as someone who's suffered off and on from depression and whose life has been helped by taking one form antidepressants (Cipramil/Celexa) and hurt by taking another (Amitryptaline, taken in low dosages for chronic pain, not depression), I have mixed feelings about the whole issue.

On the one hand, mental illness is probably still underdiagnosed, and it's not surprising that 50% of people or more suffer from it a year - look how many people suffer from physical ailments in a year - but that doesn't mean that everyone from it suffers from chronic mental illness or that acute mental illness always needs to be treated by drugs. And I do worry about little kids being drugged out of their minds, so to speak.

Also, don't forget the flip side of current medical practice is that non-drug treatments of illnesses aren't researched as thoroughly as they should be. So if you have an illness that can't be treated by a drug, it's less likely that research will be done into what can treat it.


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krskrft
krskrft
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Re: a longer history?

Wait, you think mental illness is underdiagnosed? That's absurd.


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lilitu93
lilitu93
Fantastic Cat
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: a longer history?

Why is it absurd? Just because some cases of mental illnesses are being misdiagnosed (i.e., ordinary rambunctious kids are diagnosed with ADD) doesn't mean that mental illness could be underdiagnosed in other cases, such as people who don't go to get treatment because of stigma or whatever reason.

Also, just because antidepressants are overprescribed doesn't necessarily mean that depression is overdiagnosed, just that the best treatment (if one is needed) isn't being given.

I'm not claiming that it is under- or overdiagnosed, just that it's very difficult to determine the general amount of mental illness when lots of people still don't try to get treated for it.


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