Many young people today have now spent most of their lives on antidepressants. Have the drugs made them ‘emotionally illiterate’?
An excerpt from Katherine Sharpe’s essay in the Wall Street Journal is below. She is the author of “Coming of Age on Zoloft” .
When I was a college freshman in the late 1990s, antidepressants were everywhere. Prozac was appearing on magazine covers, and I’d just seen my first commercial for Paxil on TV. Halfway through the semester, I was laid out by a prolonged anxiety attack and found myself in the school’s campus health center, tearfully telling a newly minted psychiatry resident about my feelings of panic and despair. Given the spirit of the times, it wasn’t a complete surprise when she sent me away a few minutes later with a prescription and a generous supply of small cardboard boxes full of beautiful blue pills, free samples dropped off on campus by a company rep.
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the original article from The Wall Street Journal, written by Katherine Sharpe