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John P. Hewitt, Michael R. Fraser & LeslieBeth Berger

In: Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience

Chapter 8: Is it Me or is it Prozac? Antidepressants and the Construction of Self

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Is it Me or is it Prozac? Antidepressants and the Construction of Self
Is it me or is it Prozac? Antidepressants and the construction of self
John P.Hewitt, Michael R.Fraser, and LeslieBethBerger

Since the 1950s, psychiatry has increasingly turned toward drug therapy in the treatment of depression.1 In the late 1980s, the use of antidepressant drugs accelerated greatly, drug therapy for depression became widely publicized, and the social construction of depression as a biological illness began to solidify. One of the drugs most responsible for this transformation of public attitude and medical practice is fluoxetine hydrochloride, marketed by Eli Lilly since 1987 under the trade name Prozac. In this essay we examine the implications of this and other antidepressants for self-theory. We probe the possible impact of ...

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